Hayne Bayless

The Artisan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibit of the award-winning, hand built ceramics of Hayne Bayless.

Friday, January 12 through Sunday, February 25

Opening Reception with the artist during Artwalk: Friday, January 12, 5-8

My work in clay draws on my desire to make everyday objects that go beyond everyday use. Function is as much a part of their value to me as any aesthetic concerns. How my pots work is at least as important to me as how they look or how they feel.

The pots are not so much about balance and harmony, although that does happen, but more about tension. I love what spawns in the friction between what I want the material to do and what it would rather do.

The unintended result, often misread as a mistake and so dismissed, is one of the most fertile sources of new ideas. The trick is not to fool with clay's inherent desire to be expressive. Pay attention to the clay, not only for the sake of each piece, but because the clay will "offer" or "impose" its own suggestions of new forms and ways to work.

I like what Constantin Brancusi wrote in 1927: "Each material has its own life ... we must not try to make materials speak our language, we must go with them to the point where others will understand their language."

The techniques of hand-building let me take advantage of clay's ability to capture gesture and movement, its power to record processes. I'm intrigued by what happens when clay is rolled, stretched, pressed, incised, inlayed, extruded, bent, cut and put back together.

I get lots of inspiration from Shang and Zhou Dynasty ritual bronzes, Jomon-period pots, English and Colonial silver, pewter and tinware, contemporary architecture and sculpture, Andean folk music and 1960s rhythm & blues. The common thread running through these disparate sources is a love of form, rhythm and a delight in disregarding limits.

Hayne Bayless