INTRODUCTION: Who was Clayton George Bailey?

As we look back on the ceramic artists of the Twentieth Century, one individual whom we know simply as "Clayton Bailey" stands out from the rest. His work was inspired by art, science, education and entertainment. He explored more creative ideas with clay than any other ceramic artist of his time, but like George Ohr, the great ceramic artist of a century earlier, he was a relatively unappreciated genius in his own time. He was ignored by many of the important museums, collectors and critics of his time. His studio in California became a museum of his life's work, and thus it has been preserved for future generations.

He integrated the conceptual and the physical in art. He has frequently been compared with Leonardo da Vinci because of his synthesis of art, science, entertainment, and education. His work includes numerous entrepenurial art ventures, frauds, hoaxes and mindboggling claims which are presented in this web site.

He was the first of the great robot sculptors, who recognized that robots would become the next order of living organisms. His work ran counter to the wave of "political correctness" that stifled freedom of thought at the close of the Twentieth Century. He confronted the religious fundamentalism and anti-science of his time with humor and skepticism.The popular press loved him or hated him, a phenomonon which is carefully documented in his bibliography.

In this web site, a comprehensive Virtual Museum of his work is presented to the public for the first time. It is hoped that the publication of this web site will help the world to better understand the "Ceramic Wonders of Clayton Bailey", and lead to an appreciation of the work of the "Pied Piper of Port Costa".

Dr. George Gladstone - Curator, Clayton Bailey Kaolithic Museum- 1998

(With thanks to David Peeples.)

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