Svend Bayer was born to Danish parents in Uganda in 1946.

He attended six different schools in four countries, but it was while studying economics at Exeter University that he was given a book written by the ‘father of studio pottery’, Bernard Leach.

At this defining moment Svend decided to become a potter and, after graduating in 1969,  joined Michael Cardew as an apprentice at Wenford Bridge.

Cardew described him as ” easily my best pupil”. 

Since 1975, Svend has been working from his Duckpool Cottage studio at Sheepwash in Devon, where he is known for boldly decorated domestic ware and very large garden pots.

Picture courtesy of Brian Nottle.