Untitled (pasty for a confused potter)

Simon Bayliss (1984 - )

glazed and painted terracotta

2017
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    Untitled (pasty for a confused potter) is part of an inaugural series of ceramic painted landscapes by Simon Bayliss in the form of Cornish pasties. The colour palette of the series was inspired by a pot by Michael Cardew (1901–83), the first apprentice of the influential studio potter Bernard Leach (1887–1979). Bayliss’s ceramic sculpture was made at Rochester Square ceramics workshop in Camden, during a Standpoint Futures residency, and exhibited in Chicken Nuggets, a collaboration with Cornwall Council Schools Art Collection and school students at Pool School Gallery, Cornwall (2020); and previously shown at the Café at Tate St Ives in conjunction with That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920 – Today (2017).


  • About the artist
    Born in Wolverhampton, Simon Bayliss was raised in Andros, The Bahamas and East Devon, and has been living in Cornwall most of his adult life. Trained as a painter and later as a potter, he works mainly in slipware ceramics, dance music and video, in addition to poetry and performance to explore intersections between the local and the international; traditional crafts and contemporary practice; and queer culture and rural identity. Selected exhibitions are 'Kangaroo Beach', Exeter Phoenix (2018); 'En plein air paintings & ceramics', Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall (2017); and 'Frantic Romantic, Eastside Projects', Birmingham (2016). Bayliss was the recipient of an Arts Council DYCP award for ceramics development 2019–20 and Leach Pottery Travel Bursar in 2019, and Standpoint Futures resident at Chisenhale Studios, London in 2017.
  • Explore
    Places
    Cornwall
    Materials & Techniques
    paint, ceramic, glazed, ceramic sculpture
  • Details
    Title
    Untitled (pasty for a confused potter)
    Date
    2017
    Medium
    glazed and painted terracotta
    Dimensions
    height: 26.0 cm; width: 30.5 cm; depth: 5.2 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
    Inscription
    verso: signed 'SB / 17'
    Provenance
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 18 March 2021
    GAC number
    18910