Peter Hayes

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Peter Hayes ceramic sculptures have a unique appearance. Created with many years of experience using many different techniques, particular favourites are Raku firing then submerging pieces into the flowing river besides his studio. However Peter also sends pieces 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 Peter 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 look ancient, and perhaps even a little alien.

Born in Birmingham in 1946, Peter at age 12 was selected to attend the Moseley School of Art. In 1961 he left to study at the Birmingham College of Art before travelling extensively in Africa. Over the course of several years, Peter 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, Peter came back to the UK and built a studio in a disused toll house on Cleveland Bridge, Bath.
Peter Hayes artwork is featured in many public, private and corporate collections in the UK and abroad.