Hugh Bailey received a B.A. in fine arts from Berea College in Berea, KY in 1956 and a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics and painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1959. He has extensively taught extension courses for the University of Virginia from its Bristol division and filled in for his pottery teacher for one year at Berea College. Bailey worked as a graphic designer for the University of Tennessee beginning in 1960, and retiring in 2001.
Bailey divides his time between painting and ceramics and has always been fascinated by animals and this certainly reflects in his art. When he first started do- ing craft shows he noticed that most of the work was utilitarian and thought that there might be an opportunity for more sculptural work. This has worked out. The first examples were small solid figures mounted on wood blocks, but they eventually developed into wheel thrown shapes assembled into one whole form. A women at a pottery festival once asked him what his pieces were good for. He replied, “They are dust catchers with a 100% chance to catch dust.”
Bailey is a life member of Southern Highland Handicraft Guild as well as a member of Foothill’s Craft Guild, Art Market Gallery, Oak Ridge Art Center, Knoxville Watercolor Society, and Appalachian Arts Craft Center.