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John Baymore
American studio potter

American studio potter John Baymore studied under Lyle N. Perkins at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 1967–72. He turned his attention to wood-firing in 1969 and established his first studio ‘Otis Earthworks’ in Massachusetts in the early 1970s, and River Bend Pottery in New Hampshire in 1977. He worked as the ceramics technician at Massachusetts College of Art from 1974–78 and taught part-time there from 1978–85. Baymore is currently adjunct Professor of Ceramics at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Baymore is considered a specialist in the design and construction of fuel-fired kilns, including noborigama kilns. He received a Judge’s Special Prize at the 1st Ceramics Competition in *Mashiko, Japan in 1996 and was artist-in-residence at the Kanayama World Woodfire program in Japan in 2004. He makes wheel-thrown and wood-fired pottery influenced by the Oriental aesthetic.


In his own words:

"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."

"Woodfiring is a seductive, magical procedure that allows the potter to directly influence the surface of the pieces during the time the ware is subject to the immense heat of the firing. Woodfiring is about constant involvement and decisions; choice of wood species, age since cutting, rhythm and timing of stokes, amount of air, size of pieces, and the location they are tossed within the chamber. These all directly influence the final outcome. No other heat source keeps the potter so intimately involved in this final, crucial phase of the production of ceramic pieces."

Baymore is a member of the National Council on Education in the Ceramics Arts (NCECA), the American Craft Council and the American Ceramics Society's Potters Council. He lives and works in Wilton, New Hampshire. Website: http://www.johnbaymore.com.


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