The Foundation is very special body to me and I want to give it my best shot. It will nurture education and opportunity for individual artists and for their audiences. I hope that it will have a distinct character of its own and become a living, growing source of inspiration for many people.


Richard Batterham, Master Potter DVD

Richard Batterham, Master Potter is available on DVD with all proceeds going to the Joanna Bird Foundation. The DVD is available in region 1, US and Canada and region 2, Western Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and Japan.

£12 + P&P

To order your copy, please contact info@joannabirdfoundation.com

 

“This fine documentary is a deep dive into one man’s world of making, and the philosophy behind a life in pottery. The sense of accumulation – of time, of clay, of conviction – is palpable in every shot. We also hear from the magnificent David Attenborough and master chef Nigel Slater (who begins every day with his Batterham breakfast bowl). Their voices remind us that often, the most meaningful things in life are rooted in the everyday, indeed, in the dirt beneath our feet.”
Glenn Adamson

Senior Research Scholar, Yale Centre of British Art

Richard Batterham film fully funded!

Thank you so much to everyone whose contributions and enthusiasm have made this production possible. We had an early screening of the film at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth which was a huge success. We are now exploring other screening possibilities and keep you posted.

This is the first film in a series – showing how potters, glass makers and other decorative artists set about their practice and what we can learn from them.

If you would like to support the project or others by the Joanna Bird Foundation, please contact us at info@joannabird.com to make a donation or to donate up to £10 – Text JBFN17 £10 to 70070 to donate to The Joanna Bird Foundation and make a difference today.

Richard Batterham, Master Potter is available on DVD with all proceeds going to the Joanna Bird Foundation.

£12 + P&P

To order your copy, please contact info@joannabirdfoundation.com

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Richard Batterham Film – We need you!

The Joanna Bird Foundation is currently fundraising for our next project, a film about potter Richard Batterham.

Richard is a master potter and represents an increasingly rare breed. He is one of the last surviving exponents of the studio pottery movement that flourished in the first half of the twentieth century and is a direct link to towering figures of the past such as Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew. The film will be the first of a series to be made by The Joanna Bird Foundation.

We are very excited to be working with Sir David Attenborourgh and Nigel Slater, who will be contributing to the film. Both have strong connections with ceramics and are great admirers of Richard and his work.

This year Richard is eighty, still running what is essentially a one-man show at his studio in Dorset. Rejecting notions of haste and commercialism that he feels are all too present in modern society he works with tide-like regularity digging his own clay and preparing glazes from the trees in his garden. His work is based on his philosophy and the resulting pieces are not only beautiful to behold and satisfying to use but imbued with a deep integrity. Tanya Harrod has said of his work, “These pots are for us – ordinary people – not for museums.” This holds true, his notable fan club love and use his pots daily and Museums have also found his work irresistible, the V&A amongst many others have acquired his work.

We will be working with award winning arts filmmaker, Alex J. Wright who has created films on Takeshi Yasuda, and Lisa Hammond among others. His recent piece Lee Kang-hyo: Onggi Master is currently being shown as part of the Crafts Council’s Real to Reel film festival. Alex is well qualified to take on this project, he is passionate about pottery and the culture surrounding it.

Such a project cannot be undertaken without funding and I am seeking your support in any donation you would like to offer, to make it happen. We are seeking a total of £9,500. The film will help to make a significant contribution to the world of art and craft in particular by informing and inspiring future generations whilst preserving the legacy of this truly remarkable man, one of the few surviving Mingei artists, our National Living Treasure.

We have had a tremendous response so far and have already received over £6,500. However, we still have a way to go to reach our goal. It would be wonderful if you were able to contribute towards this project to help create a memorable film with us.

Please made donations payable to:

http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/joanna–birdfoundation/richardbatterhamfilm

Please get in touch so we can send you a short form to enable us to claim gift aid on your donation
info@joannabirdfoundation.com

 

Richard Batterham, Master Potter is available on DVD with all proceeds going to the Joanna Bird Foundation.

£12 + P&P

To order your copy, please contact info@joannabirdfoundation.com

Lecture: Ceramica – The Power of Installation, Soane and Beyond

Talk by JOANNA BIRD and SAMANTHA GROVER

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 A 6:30pm reception, 7pm talk

The reception will continue following the talk. 

LOCATION: Jonathan Burden, 180 Duane Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York City

RSVP:  Please call 212-223-2012 or email: Chas@SoaneFoundation.com

One of the centerpieces of the Soane collection is the Cawdor Vase.  This vase is the largest and most elaborate classical ceramic piece in the collection.  It presents mythical figures from the Olympic Games and has a great provenance, back to the collection of the King of Naples.  It has pride of place in the Library Dining room.

This talk will focus on the Soane Museum’s collection, plus some  contemporary ceramics which are being shown at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair opening this week in Manhattan. Pieces in the Soane Museum collection include the Cawdor Vase and the extremely rare Chinese export ware tiles, of which the Museum owns 300.  There are also items such as the small neoclassical Wedgwood biscuit fired urn decorated with paper flowers by Mrs. Soane which is now displayed in the Oratory in the newly restored private apartments, carefully positioned to serve as a memorial to her.  Soane liked to amass objects to create more impact and atmosphere and he too liked to mix contemporary and the antique.  The Soane Museum has followed Soane in this direction with the 2013 exhibition: Marking the Line, Ceramics and Architecture, which was curated by Joanna Bird.

Information on the fair:  http://www.newyorkceramicsandglassfair.com/

Lecture: Ceramica – The Power of Installation, Soane and Beyond

Marking the line Symposium at Somerset House

26 March 2013

In conjunction with the touring exhibition Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture, The Joanna Bird Foundation organised a symposium to discuss the interplay between ceramics and architecture and their relevance for collectors, makers and museums today. The evening concluded with a candlelit tour of the exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Speakers:
Eric Parry RA, Principal, Eric Parry Architects
Suzanne Lovell, Principal, Suzanne Lovell Inc.
Dr Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński, Exhibitions Curator, Sir John Soane’s Museum
Jan Tichelaar, Director, Royal Tichelaar Makkum
Joanna Bird, Curator, Director, The Joanna Bird Foundation
Jeremy Theophilus, Co-director of the British Ceramics Biennial
Eliza Gluckman, Curator, Day+Gluckman
Andrew Burton, Artist, Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University

Chair: Dr Glenn Adamson, Head of Research, V&A

Themes of the symposium:
Contemporary ceramic installations in historic architectural settings.
Where do ceramics fit into the wider arts sector? How does place and historical reference affect both work and audiences?
How do installations in different historic contexts show work in a new light and how does this affect the artist, viewer and critic?
How can design factories, artists and architects explore artistic collaboration?
What is the future for crossover of architecture, interior design and ceramics?

Support from the Art Fund enabled curators from around the UK to attend the Marking the line symposium

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Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture

7 March - 8 September 2013

Marking the line: Ceramic and Architecture was a touring exhibition, which commissioned four artists to create ceramic installations responding to the life and works of Sir John Soane. Curated by Joanna Bird and Dr Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński, Exhibitions Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, the exhibition sought to challenge where and how we view ancient and modern works of art.

Ceramic artists Nicholas Rena, Carina Ciscato, Clare Twomey and Christie Brown were commissioned to create life specific responses to celebrated neoclassical architect Sir John Soane, inspired by his work, life and collections. The concept was, by introducing contemporary ceramic art into an historic architectural setting to explore the relationship between ceramics and architecture.

The exhibition opened at Sir John Soane’s Museum on March 8, 2013 and then travelled onto two further houses designed or partially designed by Soane: Port Eliot in Cornwall and Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing.

Very different dialogues between work and historic setting emerged as the exhibition translated from one venue to the next. In Port Eliot for example, themes of dynasty in Christie Brown’s work resonated not only with the life of Soane but also with that of the St.Germans family at Port Eliot, so much so that Christie produced a further two pieces, busts of the 1st Lord & Lady St Germans, to enhance the exhibition.

‘This is a fascinating exhibition with contemporary artists taking inspiration from one of our most visionary architects. This is a show that should attract anyone with an interest in art, design and architecture and I hope it will introduce many more people to Soane’s work and legacy, including his gem of a Museum in Holborn and his home at Pitzhanger Manor.’ – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

An educational programme accompanied the exhibition, including a symposium at Somerset House, Masterclasses run by Carina Ciscato and a Village of kilns at Port Eliot.

Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture was supported by the Arts Council England and organised by The Joanna Bird Foundation
A fully illustrated catalogue is now available to buy at the price of £10 (+1.60 p&p). To order please email your details to samantha@joannabird.com