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Bauer (b.1978) Cape Town S.A.
Bauer an established potter lives and works in Cape Town. Collections can be
seen at the Modern Artists Gallery UK and Anthropologie USA
Subcontract Love or Happiness. We all look for someone more
complete. We reach, we hope, we try to love we are loved'
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
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.
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
Artists Gallery UK
Prince Abu Dhabi
Humphrey Museum Kimberly
South Africa National Collection
Collection Iziko Museum The South Africa National
Catalogue on Contemporary Craft
John Bauer is represented by the Modern Artists Gallery UK