New Ashgate Gallery : Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth, Water

  •  The Gallery outside

    The Gallery outside

  •  Virginia Graham

    Virginia Graham

  •  Ingrid Saag

    Ingrid Saag

  •  Katharina Klug

    Katharina Klug

  •  Julie Massie

    Julie Massie

  •  Alex McCarthy

    Alex McCarthy

Sculpture by the internationally renowned ceramicist

After studying at the Mosely School of Art and Birmingham College of Art in the early 1960's, Peter Hayes left England to begin his extensive travels through Africa. Over the course of several years, he worked as a ceramic artist with tribes and village potters who inspired him with the exquisite work they produced using very limited technology and tools. Moving on to India, Nepal, Japan, Korea and New Mexico, he found similar skills and adopted the techniques he learned. In 1982, Hayes came home and built a studio in a disused toll house on Cleveland Bridge, Bath. His work now builds on the techniques and methods he learned during his travels to create ceramic art that is often inspired by memories of landscapes he has seen.


The distinctive appearance of Peter Hayes' ceramics comes from the techniques like Raku firing to which he subjects them, but also from the fact that he submerges them in the flowing river beside his studio, or sends them to Cornwall to be washed in the sea for months at a time. The water washes minerals such as copper and metal oxides into the basic white clay with which Hayes works, creating a characteristic green-blue "blush" in his sculptures along with random elements that make every piece unique. The effect is to create objects that many feel look ancient and perhaps even a little alien. Hayes' work is generally finished by waxing and polishing.
 
"Each individual piece takes on its own developing surface; its own history and its own aesthetic. I am merely the maker." Peter Hayes

Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)