Ceramic Pasty Paintings

31 March – 3 September 2017
Tate St Ives café
in conjunction with That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramic Stdio 1920 – Today

The idea to crimp the edges of his ceramics like a Cornish Pasty came to Simon Bayliss ‘as an epiphany’, reflecting the artist’s playful engagement with the context in which he lives and works.

The techniques of slipware pottery are used here to produce vivid colours and glossy glazes. Making slipware involves painting with liquid clay ‘slip’ on earthenware forms, before firing them at low temperature. Bayliss was introduced to slipware at the studio of potter Richard Phethean in West Cornwall, where most of these objects were made.

Bayliss has also been influenced by the potter Micheal Cardew, an early apprentice of Bernard Leach in St Ives, who later built potteries in West Africa. Along with his role in reviving the British slipware tradition, Cardew is remembered for his unconventional life story and fluid sexuality. Bayliss’ Untitled (pasty for a confused potter) 2016 references the technique and decorative scheme of one of Cardew’s famous cider jars.