I have been observing Svend Bayer’s work for over 20 years since I settled in the U.K. I went to see Svend’s latest exhibition at Goldmark Gallery (Uppingham, Rutland) on the first opening day (last Saturday 17th Nov.). The Goldmark gallery has spacious showrooms for displaying fine ceramics, both on the ground floor and upstairs. Mike Goldmark (owner) is always taking a good care of creating the best display for exhibiting artists and also producing an excellent full-colour booklet (plus DVD) for each exhibition. Warm hospitality by the gallery members always makes me feel welcomed and enjoyable.
It is always a great pleasure to see Svend’s new work. Svend told me that most pots on display were from the last 5 firings in his latest Anagama.
I saw a couple of his most recent pots had round bottoms. They sat (laid) on the wicker rings looked very charming. A few simple brushwork on his plates are really likable. Moreover, I was very pleased to find that there were less shell marks on his beautifully thrown pots.
He used to put large shell marks on almost all pots he made in the past several years. I thought it was too much for already strong form of his pots (sometimes those shell marks looked just ugly to my eyes)
You can find more images of Svend’s pots on the Goldmark Gallery website.
Svend’s straightforward approarch to clay and beautiful forms of the vessels have never failed my admiration. Yet I do not fancy his bottles with thick glaze dripping unnaturally.
I used to visit Svend at his studio in Sheepwash (Devon), but now I have been busy with my own Anagama in the wood near Tring (Herts) and I simply have no time to visit potter friends. He seems to be happier firing his kiln with a couple of female helpers, so I should not interfere.