Peter Hayes

b. 1946, Birmingham, UK


Peter Hayes has been working on large scale ceramic forms which he then places in the landscape. His main aim is that the work should not compete with the landscape, but evolve within the environment. With this in mind, the artist has introduced other minerals into the Raku ceramic surface such as iron and copper. With the elements of time and erosion, the individual piece takes on its own developing surface.
In practice, Hayes goes by the seat of his pants. He has always worked this way, not going by any particular rules or methods. The artist finds each material has its own different character, its own limits, its own tolerance – some materials fight back, some play the game. Hayes believes it’s the material that is in charge and it will only let him make what it wants. It is his job to push it to its limits and somehow an equilibrium is made between the maker and material.