“My table is a palimpsest” Peter exclaims, half amused, half embarrassed. It is an excellent metaphor for introducing a text about a creator who constantly seems to alternate between amazement at the everyday, irony and the combination of exactitude and accident.
Peter Bauhuis is fascinated by the possibilities presented by cast metals. His jewellery and vessels are characterised by engaging with the process of casting and melting metals. By playfully oxidising gold, silver and copper, he achieves unexpected colours from matt white and pale greeny-yellow to deep orange and dark red. The wax rendering process also opens up a wide range of possibilities. He keeps reinventing forms that are seemingly very simple. Apparent casting mistakes, such as fine lines or cracks and visible traces left by the casting process, are not removed but are integrated into the form of the objects. The result is a lightness which is remarkable for metal and its materiality.
Peter Bauhuis was born in 1965 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. He studied at Staatliche Zeichenakademie, Hanau and Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. His work is represented in Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Okresni muzeum Ceskeho raje Turnov; Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Basel; Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. In 2011 he won the Bavarian Sate Award for his vessels. He lives and works in Munich.