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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

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Display artist/maker:

Peter Hayes

Born: 1946, UK, Birmingham

Peter Hayes studied at the Mosely School of Art & Craft, Birmingham, and Birmingham College of Art (1960-67). He worked with his father in the printmaking business briefly, before moving to Cornwall with his girlfriend in the hope of joining an artistic community in St. Ives. However the couple ended up in St. Mawes, 30 miles away and started their family there. Peter Hayes had a job washing up in a restaurant but learned to appreciate the natural environment form walking the coastline. He visited St Ives to see the work of Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and other St Ives Artists, but was yet to develop his own ideas. In 1972 he was invited to South Africa where he spent 10 years, initially as a Craft Advisor in Lesotho, South Africa, working with the Basotho.He learned their unique way of burnishing pots using a polished pebble gathered from the riverbank. The Basotho pack the pots upside down and cover them with dry cow dung under corrugated metal and flattened out oil drums, before firing for 3-4 hours achieving temperatures of 600 degrees. Hayes has developed this technique and has adapted a gas fired kiln where each piece of work is placed very close together, without touching, and a long slow flame is allowed to lick around the piece to give a very dark, red burnished appearance. He has also worked as Advisor for the Development of Ceramics in 1984 for the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation for Nepal, India, Japan, South Korea and as Craft Advisor South West Arts in 1985 -1987. In 2009 he was a demonstrator at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth. The piece purchased for the collection was inspired by his 2009 travels in Australia, he lives and works in Bath.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

Porcelain Blade C1622 Ceramics