Visit an Artist Series: Hayne Bayless


Saturday, June 27, 2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


Hayne Bayless working in his studio..Join us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

This week we will be traveling to Connecticut to visit Hayne Bayless at Sideways Studios for a special 2-hour studio visit! Hayne will be showing us around the studio and will demonstrate his process of making his beautiful hand-built vessels!

Event: Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 12pm - 2pm


Cost: Free for Harvard College Undergraduates. $50.00 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Staff and Adult Community.

Note: All classes will meet online using free, accessible applications. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom. Questions? Feel free to email Kathy King, Director at

Artist Biography:

Growing up in Seattle, Hayne’s interest in clay began when he found an old potter's wheel in a corner of the high school art room. The art teacher knew just enough about pottery to point him to Bernard Leach's A Potter's Book, and that became his guide. Other than lessons with a potter in Tokyo at age eighteen, he managed to avoid any formal instruction in ceramics.

Hayne quit a perfectly good job at a newspaper in 1993 to make pots. Several days later he put out work at his first craft show in a small town churchyard, where he sold three pieces – two to a good friend. He’s been potting ever since, selling work through galleries in Los Angeles, Denver, and Philadelphia. He’s won top awards at the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show.

Hayne abandoned wheel-throwing early on, more attracted to the freedom of hand-building. He set up his first pottery studio in a tiny basement he shared with the washer, dryer, and a stack of snow tires; the workspace amounted to a little more than a hundred square feet. To navigate through the cramped studio he sometimes had to slide sideways, which led him to name it Sideways Studio. It also applies to a certain way of looking at things, where instead of encountering an idea head-on, looking at it from a different angle, even sideways, can help avoid the traps of one's own assumptions. He has a larger studio now and though it’s none the less cluttered, he doesn't have to walk sideways anymore.

Hayne Bayless and his ceramic work.