Bayer grew up in the Midwest. After graduating from the University
of Illinois, he received his M.D. degree from Loyola University of
Chicago. Ted has lived in the bay area since 1977, raising his family
of three children, practicing emergency medicine, and devoting much
of his other time to artistic pursuits. He began seriously studying
sculpture in 1994, concentrating first on ceramic sculpture, then
moving primarily to the creation of stone works of art in 1996. Initially
Ted sculpted white Carrara marble using hand tools only, but now he
most often uses power tools to carve larger and more complex pieces
of marble, alabaster, calcite, and other colorful stones.
first visited Italy in 1997 and now travels there every few years
to work in the marble carving studios of Pietrasanta, where he initially
learned measuring techniques using both point machines and calipers
to adapt clay or plaster models (maquettes) to aid in perfecting
the stone sculpture itself. At the end of these journeys he ships
home both partially finished sculptures and unfinished stones to
complete in his home studio in El Cerrito, California.
The day I made my first sculpture, I suspected I was going to be
hooked for life. That was 11 years ago, and today I am even more
convinced that I am very fortunate to be doing something that I
so enjoy. I love creating art, and to be able to begin with a simple
stone and shape it in a way that transforms it to a beautiful finished
work of art from the basic material is intensely exciting. Every
time I start a new work a whole new adventure awaits me.