John Baymore at River Bend Pottery

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ON HANDCRAFTING

water heating), futa oki (lid rests),  kogo (incense cases), hanaire, (flower vases), kyusu (small side-handled teapots), suribachi (kitchen grinding mortars), sushi oki (sushi plates), and other forms for serving Japanese-style food and Ikebana-style flower arranging.

 

John's various applied glazes and clay body surfaces tend to reflect the subtle aspects of the wabi/sabi aesthetic and school of tea. They are subdued and quiet in tone, yet upon closer inspection offer great depth and complexity suitable for continuous discovery of new aspects.   

 

Unlike many traditional craftspeople in Japan, John is free of the bounds of strict tradition when it comes to to exploring the vessel form. We now live in a "world community", and influences can and do come from all corners of the globe. John is always experimenting with new ideas for the sculptural aspects of his vessel forms, and many of his pieces are intended as pure visual statements on the nature of the vessel form and how it relates to space.

 

John prides himself on the great personal involvement he has with each and every piece of work he produces at River Bend Pottery. All of the work done directly on the clay pieces here is done by John himself. This highly personal decision limits the total possible amount of his annual pottery production, but as an artist/craftsperson who makes truly handcrafted work, John feels that this approach is appropriate. In fact, this limited production capability makes each piece produced by John just a little more special and more highly valued.

 

 

"Thus in looking for the best approach to pottery it seems reasonable to expect that beauty will emerge from a fusion of the individual character and culture of the potter with the nature of his materials - clay, pigment, glaze - and his management of the fire, and that consequently we may hope to find in good pots those innate qualities which we most admire in people."

 

Bernard Leach............

"A Potter's Book" 1940

 

Handcrafted claywork satisfies our human senses, offering aesthetic balance in an increasingly high-tech world. My work is meant to be explored with the eye and the hand, lived with, and reflected upon, providing an element of high touch in an increasingly impersonal world

 

The Way of John's Claywork

 

John's wood-fired pottery is greatly influenced by the folk pottery and tea ceremony wares of Japan, both historical and contemporary.  In his works produced at River Bend Pottery you will frequently find his interpretation of numerous traditional Japanese forms. These include such items as chawan (teabowls), chaire (tea caddies), cha tsubo (tea storage jars), mizusashi (fresh water containers), furo (charcoal braziers for Chanoyu

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