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JOHN BAUER APPLIED ARTS 2017
Born: Cape Town.SA
Bauer works in thrown porcelain.Â
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has been exhibited world-wide, and in the collection of two museums before he was thirty.
Now globally recognised for his unusual developments in Porcelain
production using Sung Dynasty techniques, the images on his vesels rise above
the surface of the clay. These are not negative impressions, but positive expressions
from the clay's surface.
John Bauer perfectly reproduces in porcelain the trappings of a past age, where skill and
craftsmanship were an artist's primary concern. By appropriating rare coins,
carvings, lace and organic substances he not only references the technologies
of the past but archives them for the future.
Bauer pushes the limits of what is technically possible in ceramics.
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
There is always a surprise factor in his work. It is full of
light and translucency. Love is a central theme in Bauer's work.
uses the inspiration of netsuke, old coins, flowers, found objects and dolls to
embellish his work. His signature bowls carry his artwork of mythical creatures
and angels whispering words of wisdom and love.
More John Bauer titles available to view in the gallery.