Stephen Bailey is a well-travelled man. After studying ceramics at the University of Sunderland in the North East of England, Bailey moved to London, from there he moved on to Kent and eventually worked his way down the globe, reaching New Zealand in 2005.
These travels have influenced his works heavily, he claims; “I have recently come to understand that my work is not only about my memories of architecture, texture and travel but also an exploration of repetition, the act of repetition itself, of collection, arrangements, rearrangements and obsession.”
Bailey’s works have been exhibited in the Auckland Studio Potters annual and domestic ware exhibitions, where he was presented merit awards. His works were also selected for the Portage Ceramic Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Of ‘100 Soccos’, shown in Black Asterisk, Bailey said, “The process of making this work has been driven by my experiences of travel to Morocco. Now, as I work in the studio, there is a constant flow of recalled shapes, textures and colours of the buildings, all set out against the atmospheric soundstage of the call to prayer.”