Modern Artists Gallery

John Bauer

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NEVER SUBCONTRACT LOVE OR HAPPINESS
TO STOP LISTENING IS BRAVE
YOU WILL ONLY HEAR WHAT I SAY IN FIVE LIFE TIMES
HOLD ME THROUGH THE NIGHT DID YOU EVER THINK WE WOULD FALL IN LOVE
GUIDANCE IS AN HONOUR
YOUR CLOSET YOUR CLOSET, BOO LETS HIDE AND NOT SPEAK
THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY ADVENTURES AND MAY THERE BE MANY MORE
LOOK AT ME NOW MAMA I'M FLYING
DONKEY
MAN AND WOMAN
BABY KNITTED BONNET 1
BABY KNITTED BONNET 2
BABY KNITTED BONNET 3
ROBBIN ISLAND SHOE PRINT
NOTHING IS WORTH DYING FOR OTHER THAN NATURAL CAUSES
LOVE
GRENN WITH BLUE PATTERN INLAY
MAN IN PROFILE
ARTIST BLOWING BUBBLES

JOHN BAUER 

John Bauer (b.1978)  Cape Town S.A.

John Bauer an established potter lives and works in Cape Town. Collections can be seen at the Modern Artists Gallery UK and Anthropologie USA


'Never Subcontract  Love or Happiness.  We all look for someone more complete. We reach, we hope, we try to love we are loved'     John Bauer



John Bauer pushes the limits of what is technically possible in ceramics.   A sentimentalist, he salvages antique crochet cloth, linens and lace and makes these materials immortal by recreating them, stitch by stitch, in porcelain.  He is able to enlarge them to gigantic proportions or offers them in an extreme diminutive form. 


There is always a surprise factor in his work. It is full of light and translucency.    Using the inspiration of netsuke, old coins, flowers, found objects and dolls to embellish his work. Bauer's signature bowls carry his artwork of mythical creatures and angels whispering words of wisdom and love. 


John Bauer originally inspired by accounts he read of the pottery of the Ming Dynasty from China (4-5 centuries BC) states  'Archaeologists digging up these ceramics came across the same recurring designs where a sophisticated production technique was being used which enabled the artists to create a multitude of works of refinement and quality,   That sparked my imagination, I hope archaeologists of the future will  think the same of my work. I'd like them to puzzle over the technique I was employing too;   A combination of ancient techniques and contemporary ideas.'



 

Collection and Publication 

Modern Artists Gallery UK

Anthropologie USA

HRM Crown Prince Abu Dhabi

William Humphrey Museum Kimberly

South Africa National Collection

Iziko Collection Iziko Museum The South Africa National

Collection. 

 

Smithsonian Catalogue on Contemporary Craft

John Bauer

Author: Lloyd Pollack-Arthrob.ZA


John Bauer is represented by the Modern Artists Gallery UK


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