burton art gallery and museum
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Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QQ

Telephone: 01237 471455
Email: info@theburton.org

Admission is Free
Open Daily 10am - 4pm
Sundays 11am - 4pm

Svend bayer pots

Svend Bayer

Svend was born in Uganda to Danish parents and was educated in Africa, Denmark and England. It was while studying Geography and Economics at the University of Exeter that Svend became interested in pottery. After graduating he began a three and a half year apprenticeship with Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge; followed by a period working as a thrower at Brannam’s Pottery in Devon.

After travelling in the Far East to look at potteries and large wood fired kilns in Japan, Korea and other parts of South East Asia, he set up the Cornwall Bridge Pottery in Connecticut, USA.

Svend Bayer makes his wood-fired stoneware pots in rural seclusion at Sheepwash in Devon. The site was chosen for its proximity to the North Devon ball clays and a local saw mill, which provides off cuts to fire the massive kiln he has built. He likes to work on a large scale and even his domestic pots have a quality of grandeur, influenced by his admiration for traditional pottery of the Far East. All Bayer's works are wood fired and he often uses fly ash to give his works colour. All of his jugs, jars and cooking pots are glazed inside.
Svend’s work is very much in the rural tradition relying on local materials and small batch production of domestic ware and pots and planters for the garden. These works suggest an alternative to the products, values and way of life in a hectic industrialised society.

lottery funded