Born: Cape Town.SA
John Bauer works in thrown porcelain.
His work 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.
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. Love is a central theme in Bauer's work.
He sometimes 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.