Svend Bayer was born in Uganda to Danish parents. After studying at Exeter University he worked with Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge Pottery from 1969 to 1972 when he joined the Brannam Pottery in Barnsatple. He worked there as a thrower for a year before travelling in the Far East, Asia and the U.S.A.
He set up his Devon workshop in 1975 where he still makes his wood-fired stoneware pots using a cross-draught, single-chamber 800 cu.ft. kiln. Best known for his large garden pots he also makes domestic ware.
Michael Cardew said of Svend Bayer “He is more than just a potter, he is a force of nature. …… he is easily my best pupil’’