Visiting Artist Lecture with Hayne Bayless


Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ceramics Program, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA

Ceramic Teapot with spiral handle by Hayne BaylessGrowing 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.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP below to help us plan for seating.

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