My main aim in my work is not to compete with nature; But for the work to evolve within the environment.

Peter Hayes is an internationally renowned sculptor and ceramicist working in Bath. Peter has always been interested in the history of ceramics – why and how ‘things’ are made of clay. This interest was extended after he spent several years travelling through Africa working with various tribes and village potters and being intrigued how, with limited technology and basic tools, they were able to get such exquisite, beautiful surfaces. He found the same inherent skills in India, Nepal, Japan and New Mexico. He tried to adopt the ideas picked up from his travels in his own work; by building up layers of textured clay combined with burnishing and polishing of surfaces, trying to achieve opposites of rough and smooth.


Peter has been working on large scale ceramic forms which have been placed in the home or the landscape. His main aim is that the work should not compete with the landscape, but evolve within the environment. With this in mind he 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.


His work features in major public and private collections throughout the world, including the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; the Museum of Modern Art, Kingston Jamaica; the Gardner Collection, Toronto; the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels, Belgium; the Siber Collection, California, USA; and the JB Speed Museum, Louisville, KY.