Bean and Bailey ceramics is a southern duo producing small-batch functional porcelain pots. Our contemporary slip-cast ceramics address the needs for containing, serving, consuming, displaying, growing, and showing. We use colored porcelain slip to construct both subtly organic forms, as well as faceted vessels inspired by natural crystals and gems.
Anderson Bailey has been involved in the clay world since he was a brambling teenage boy. He learned to hone his skills along the way working for other artists and craftspeople. Since moving to Chattanooga he has started working full time on making and selling handmade functional ceramics. Jessie Bean has been working with her hands since she was a young lady. After years of working for other glass artists, seamstresses, and farmers, she realized her need to be creative for a living. Their mutual interests in process and aesthetics have brought them together to create a product line of slip cast functional wares.
Anderson received an emergency relief grant from CERF+ in October of 2017 after being diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer and needing to stop working while receiving treatment. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers through education programs, advocacy, network building and emergency relief. The Clay Studio has partnered with CERF+ to provide exhibition opportunities to ceramic artists who have received emergency relief assistance.
We are saddened to share that Anderson passed away September 21st. Thanks to the support of Jessie and Anderson's community, who packed and shipped the work on which they had been collaborating, this exhibition will still take place. We are honored to be able to celebrate Anderson's life and work.
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