Akiko Hirai and Jason Collingwood in conversation with Joanna Bird

Wednesday 28th July, 6.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.

Akiko Hirai and Jason Collingwood discuss their respective work and how their different practices interact.

Akiko makes practical ware using the Japanese tradition of allowing the clay to show how it wants to be fired itself. Focusing on the interaction between the objects and the viewers, her work enables the viewer to find out the language of the objects in their own way. Her work and unique approach to ceramic work have had much high praise and her work is becoming more in demand from her commissions worldwide.

With over 30 years experience as a professional rug weaver Jason has produced thousands of rugs for hundreds of international private and corporate clients. Working closely with architects, interior designers and fashion houses, Jason Collingwood designs and weaves all the rugs himself. In addition to the weaving Jason passes on his skills by teaching extensively in North America, Europe and Australia.

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Akiko Hirai and Jason Collingwood in conversation with Joanna Bird

Adam Buick in conversation with Joanna Bird

Friday 16th July, 6.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery.
In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.
Adam Buick is a potter working out of Lanferran on the north coast of the St. Davids peninsula Wales.
Using the Moon Jar form as a canvas to map observations from an ongoing study of his surroundings, Adam incorporates stone and locally dug clay into the work to create a narrative that conveys a unique sense of place. Through his site-specific work, Adam also engages in concepts of change, natural cycles and the transience of human endeavour.

Designing with Plants The Great Dixter Way

Wednesday 14th July, 6.00pm and 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, has generously offered a selection of specialist plants, which have been planted in the Gallery’s beautiful garden. Tools, hurdles and benches from Great Dixter will also be exhibited; these are made entirely from wood grown in the surrounding woodlands. We are pleased to announce that on July 14th Fergus will be presenting two lectures at the Joanna Bird Gallery, entitled ‘Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way’. The first at 6:00 p.m. and the second at 7.30 p.m.

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

All proceeds go to the Joanna Bird Foundation and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

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Designing with Plants The Great Dixter Way

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Joanna Bird is delighted to present her forthcoming exhibition, The Garden of Earthly Delights. For this show, Joanna has asked the participating artists to respond to the Gallery’s well established garden, designed thirty-five years ago by esteemed landscape architect Simon Irvine.

The exhibition will be on view from JULY 8th SEPTEMBER 8th at the Joanna Bird Gallery, Chiswick, and virtually on the Joanna Bird website.

Fergus Garrett, highly esteemed Head Gardener at Great Dixter, will be giving two talks on JULY 14th at the Gallery, entitled Designing with Plants the Great Dixter Way. To buy your ticket to attend one of these lectures click on the following links for the first talk at 6:00 p.m. or the second at 7.30 p.m. We hugely appreciate Fergus giving his time to do this for us.

There will be two other evenings with our artists, one on JULY 16th with Adam Buick, and the other on the JULY 28th with Akiko Hirai and Jason Collingwood. Details to be found on the website early next week.

We do hope you come and visit the exhibition which promises to be exciting, showing exquisite work both in the garden and the Gallery.

 

 

The Garden of Earthly Delights

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Infused with Colour

Wednesday 26th May, 6.00 – 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.

Gregory discussed his latest works in glass, his perspectives on colour and the his life’s work in art, music and poetry. We would like to thank Gregory for this fascinating and insightful talk.

Gregory Warren Wilson is an artist, professional violinist and award-winning poet. His most recent work in glass is the culmination of twenty-five years of design. Working on multiple layers of glass set within deep frames, his work is sculptural in its concerns. He balances colour in such a way that each design appears definitively resolved, while at the same time maintaining its asymmetry.

The Gallery has made a short interview with Gregory (viewable with this link) in which he discusses his artistic process and his new mosaics for the exhibition.

 

Infused with Colour

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The Joys of Collecting

Wednesday 19th May, 6.00 – 7.30pm, at the Chiswick Gallery. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.

Charlotte and Nicholas discussed with Joanna their collection which embraces their personal and distinguished taste in fine art, ceramics, sculpture and glass. We would like to thank them both for their zealous engagement and enlightening conversation, which produced a truly intimate and special event.

Nicholas and Charlotte are enthusiastic collectors of fine art and crafts. After managing the Impressionist and Modern art department at Christie’s, Nicholas is now codirector of Eykyn Maclean, a gallery in New York. Nicholas is also chair of The Society of London Art Dealers, and is a trustee of Hastings Contemporary. Having headed the prints department at Phillips, Charlotte is a passionate gardener and is involved with the European Boxwood and Topiary Society.

 

The Joys of Collecting

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Studio Tour

Friday 21st May, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Rowledge’s Studio, London W9. In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation.

Tracey Rowledge gave an illuminating tour of her studio and discussed her recent bookbinding work and past projects. We would like to thank Tracey for giving a wonderful insight into her workspace and artistic process.

Tracey is an artist and bookbinder, living and working in London. Rowledge’s practice draws from both her fine art and bookbinding training, utilising traditional tools and materials. Through mark-making, Rowledge explores the materiality of objects and their function.

Tracey is a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Kathy Abbott, to produce high quality and intelligent bookbinding work. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in numerous public and private collections, including the V&A and The British Library.

 

Studio Tour

Gregory Warren Wilson interview with Joanna Bird

The Gallery has made a short interview with Gregory Warren Wilson in which he discusses his artistic process and his new mosaics for Collect 2021.

Gregory Warren Wilson is an artist, professional violinist and award-winning poet. His most recent work in glass is the culmination of twenty-five years of design. By working on multiple layers of glass set within deep frames, he enables light to interact spatially with the glass, making his work sculptural in its concerns. He balances colour in such a way that each design appears definitively resolved, while at the same time maintaining its asymmetry. 

Gregory Warren Wilson interview with Joanna Bird

The Danish Embassy’s Film on Steffen Dam’s Cabinet of Curiosities

The Danish Embassy have made a short video documenting Steffen Dam’s Cabinet of Curiosities, including interviews with Joanna, Steffen and Isobel Dennis, Fair Director for COLLECT. We would like to thank the Embassy for their generosity in supporting important Danish artists, and for producing a fascinating film that truly captures the essence of Steffen’s masterpiece.

The Danish Embassy’s Film on Steffen Dam’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Hélène Binet’s ESALA Public Lecture – ‘The Making of a Photograph’

Hélène Binet delves into her photographic processes and illuminates her artistic perspectives in her talk ‘The Making of a Photograph’. The lecture comes as part of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture’s ‘Frictions’ programme of events, which contributes to ongoing debates in research, practice and pedagogy by celebrating a diversity of voices and a multiplicity of approaches.

 

Steffen Dam’s commission for RAMM ‘Specimens from an Imaginary Voyage’

Steffen Dam speaks with authority about his process and work in this video by Gillian Taylor. ‘Specimens from an Imaginary Voyage’ presents a body of work made exclusively for RAMM’s major Summer 2017 exhibition ‘Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful’.

Film by Gillian Taylor for Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. This commission was facilitated by Joanna Bird.

Steffen Dam’s “The Journey to M31”

Steffen Dam’s film “The Journey to M31” as featured on Create Day 2020, an event organised by the team behind London Craft Week.

Serendipity

We are delighted to share with you a selection of beautiful works, all under £500. These pieces would make wonderful gifts. We can pack and arrange local delivery and international shipping.

View pdf (updated 15/06/2020)

Do get in touch if you would like to see the variety we have in the gallery in this range.

Pictured: Candlesticks by Carina Ciscato, Dry Kohiki Cup by Akiko Hirai, Maquettes by James Oughtibridge and Cloudy, White by Tanja Pak.

‘Landscapes in porcelain’ – Pippin Drysdale in Ceramic Review

Don’t miss the feature on Pippin Drysdale in the latest Ceramic Review, Issue 303 (May/June 2020).

‘It’s when the process feels at its easiest and most natural that most of the gems emerge’

Joanna interviews Pippin on her life and work in porcelain from humble beginnings to gaining international acclaim. Since Joanna started representing Pippin in 2008, her work has been acquired by private and public collections and numerous museums, including the V&A. In 2015 Pippin was named one of Western Australia’s 15 Living Treasures and this year was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Curtin University, Perth.

We have a selection of works on our website which you can view here and Pippin will be taking part in our upcoming online exhibtion Autoritratto in July.

Pictured: Deep Reach Pool and Wattle Tree, enquire here

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‘Richard Batterham, Master Potter’ now on Vimeo On Demand

We are delighted to announce that the film Richard Batterham, Master Potter is now available to watch for free on Youtube. To secure a physical DVD copy of the film for £14, please purchase by contacting the Joanna Bird Foundation Office 0208-995-9960 or email info@joannabirdfoundation.com.

The Joanna Bird Foundation felt it was imperative to make a film about Richard Batterham – a potter of great distinction and the last practicing potter in England trained by Bernard Leach. He is a prime example of how one man with due talent, diligence and discipline can achieve a remarkable and successful lifetime’s work making pots which truly enhance life. Having completed his last firing over summer 2019 this film is essential material for those who admire and are inspired by Richard’s work.

“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

You can also purchase the film on Vimeo On Demand here, which can then be downloaded or watched on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

 

 

Directed by Alex J. Wright

Producer and Interviewer Joanna Bird

Produced by the Joanna Bird Foundation

Art, Form and Function Talks

In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation

November 2019

For this 25th Anniversary Exhibition Joanna is hosting a selection of artist talks and poetry reading to accompany the show.

William Wilkins in conversation with Joanna Bird

An intimate talk with this distinguished British painter inspired by Venice.

Thursday 7th November 6:30pm

Amy West

Gain a fascinating insight into Venetian glass jewellery making.

Wednesday 13th November 6:30pm

Gregory Warren-Wilson

A reading of his poetry, written in the city of Venice.

Wednesday 20th November 6:30pm

Charlotte Hodes

Interactive artist’s talk by ceramicist and print maker Charlotte Hodes

Wednesday 27th November 6:30pm

 

RSVP is essential to all events – RSVP here

Please be aware that spaces are limited and will fill up quickly

Art, Form and Function

30 October - 30 November 2019

Why should Art not stimulate us in our homes especially in our daily routines?

This 25th Anniversary exhibition is to celebrate Joanna Bird’s life as a Gallery owner exploring decorative objects and fine art over the last 30 years. The show seeks to capture an enlightened world where beautiful objects appeal and amuse – some charmingly suggest whilst others demand attention – to be handled, utilised, arranged, hung high, touched and dwelt upon.

An opportunity to absorb deeply considered objects made with integrity is a life enriching experience. These objects are at the heart of the matter, enduring beauty is never to be underestimated for the pleasure it can bestow.

Each of us has a favourite cup, plate, teapot or bowl to which our eye and hand involuntarily reach out. Just imagine if all the objects and utensils  were our favourites (assuming that we had managed to jettison any with loosely sentimental value or not quite what we would have chosen ourselves) suddenly our specific living area becomes a curated space punctuated with our chosen pieces; we would be delighting in them daily and spoilt for choice.

Many years of discerning selection of objects and art has gone into the pieces chosen for this exhibition. The artists all excel in their fields. We do hope you will come and view the marvellous work on display in Art, Form and Function and consider objects which are visually compelling, made by hand and heart felt.

For the first time Joanna Bird is delighted to be showing the striking pointillist paintings by distinguished artist William Wilkins, CBE.

Come and see the elegance of Matthew Warners cups refreshingly researched after Josiah Wedgewood’s production in the 18th Century. Delight in the wit of Charlotte Hodes printed collages of fashion, decorating a coffee service and other fine platters. Feel the rough texture of LOEWE finalist Akiko Hirais unglazed cups and sake bottles. Witness the playfulness of Carlo Morettis cocktail glasses (limited editions). Relish the anticipation of a déjeuner sur l’herbe with Chiarastella Cattanas hand woven linen napkins whilst relaxing on her jacquard blanket woven in the Dolomites. Be charmed by Marie-Rose Kahanes delicate glass garniture composed of subtly evolving shapes; vases which will lend elegance to any table centre. Enjoy the conceptual glass by Geoffrey Mann and distinctive silver jug forms by Adi Toch. Imagine arriving at the Opera in one of Amy Wests exclusive glass necklaces created by transforming rare coloured glass into jewellery, exclusive to Murano.

To complement these artists Joanna will be showing ceramic work by Richard Batterham, Svend Bayer, Carina Ciscato, Rupert Spira, Michael Cardew, Joanna Constantinidis, Ruth Duckworth, Hyejeong Kim, Edmund de Waal and Edward Hughes. Presenting a rich gallery of Masters and Students, Designers and Craftsmen this exhibition will excite your imagination, it is not to be missed.

Sublime Alchemy Events

May 2019

We are hosting a series of special evening events to accompany the Sublime Alchemy exhibition:

Plants, Sculpture & Landscaping 

Join us on a walk and talk through the gallery garden with Joanna Bird and Tom Freeth, gardener at Kew Gardens.

Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:30pm

 

Artist’s Talk: Akiko Hirai

Japanese ceramicist, Akiko Hirai, will be in conversation with Joanna Bird, discussing her creative process and her pieces on display.

Thursday 16 May 2019, 6:30pm – This event is now fully booked

 

“Firing the Imagination”, Gregory Warren Wilson

A short reading by Gregory Warren Wilson, inspired by ceramics, including a new poem created in response to the Korean art on display in the show.

Monday 20 May 2019, 6:30pm – This event is now fully booked

 

RSVP is essential to all events – RSVP here

Sublime Alchemy

8-25 May 2019

Under the theme of Korean and Japanese ceramics, we introduce new artists for this Spring exhibition. The show explores the fascinating contrast of aesthetics between both cultures and ceramic styles.


A rare group of works by the pre-eminent Korean Master Potter, Soon-Tak Ji (1912 – 1994) demonstrate his outstanding achievements. Soon-Tak Ji was deemed a Living National Treasure in his lifetime and remains one of the most influential potters in modern Korean ceramics. These unique pieces are wonderfully representative of his output at its best.


Hyejeong Kim has created new work in Korea for the show as has Jaejun Lee. Their work adds an ingredient of very contemporary Korean ceramics available and an interesting contrast to that of Soon-Tak Ji; who built his repertoire having researched the Joseon period in depth.


Japanese potter Akiko Hirai’s style is instantly recognisable, and she too has created new work for the show. Kaori Tatebayashi has Still Life framed compositions on view while Hiroko Mita’s vessel form exudes tangable energy. Miyu Kurihara excels in her hand painted Mini Moon jars adding to this distinguished group.


The presence of Moon Jars is celebrated by  Adam Buick; some glazed in seaweed or other unusual organic ingredients. Svend Bayer is exhibiting some of his best work to date. These are amphorae in form and character, placed in the firebox of his wood fired kiln for at least three days with unimaginable results, a perfect example of ‘Sublime Alchemy’. John Ward’s considered understated pieces show us how black manganese can appear as bronze, underlining the transformation from clay to artefacts of great beauty, through oxides and fire.


Featuring artists including:Halima Cassell, Carina Ciscato, Pippin Drysdale and Katie Spragg adding to this talented group of ceramic artists. Adi Toch presents her shimmering, brightly coloured silver vessels and James Oughtibridge shows us how black and white ceramic sculptural forms command attention in the garden. Also included; past masters Kenkichi Tomimoto, Joanna Constantinidis and Lucie Rie.

 

In collaboration with LVS and Icheon City.