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svend bayer workshop report

updated thu 9 nov 00


Dave Finkelnburg on tue 7 nov 00

Hi all!
I am just back from spending the day watching and listening to Svend
Bayer as he talked and made pots at Utah State University. What a wonderful
day! Great pots, great slides, great stories about what it was like for
Bayer working in Michael Cardew's pottery.
Bayer is not a showman. Rather, he's quiet, modest, introverted and
shy, particularly cheerful and good-humored, and an exceptionally capable
potter. Much of his work is inspired by Medieval British pottery. His
large planters, however, are clearly influenced by work he saw in Thailand
and other parts of Asia during a 10-month visit there in the early '70's.
His recent work is less decorated, much more reliant on long firings in his
wood-fired kiln for visuals effects.
Speaking of wood firing, Bayer showed slides of several kilns he has
built, all large, all inspired by Asian kilns. They are real examples of
the craftsmanship that also pervades his pottery.
Thanks to John Neely and the USU Ceramics Dept. and it's sponsors for
making this great workshop possible!
Dave Finkelnburg in frosty Idaho