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Joanna Bird at CAL’s Claytalks

This year as part of Ceramic Art London’s Claytalks Joanna will be delivering an overview of her varied career. From the early days of creating pots at Wenford Bridge Pottery with mentor Michael Cardew to running a successful Art Gallery. Joanna will be discussing her charity the Joanna Bird Foundation, how and why she created it and the films she is so passionate about making. Join us for the talk on Saturday 23rd at Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins.

Ceramic Art London
Lecture Theatre
Central Saint Martins
King’s Cross

Saturday 23 March
1.00 – 2.00 pm

 

 

Collect 2019

Joanna Bird is delighted to be returning to Collect 2019.

We have a wonderful mix of new and established artists, all with their unique voice and quality craftsmanship.

We will be showing work from:
Halima Cassell, Steffen Dam, Sara Dodd, Pippin Drysdale, Joseph Harrington, Catrin Howell, Theis Lorentzen, Hattori Makiko, Nest Design, James Oughtibridge, Bruno Romanelli, Lucie Rie, Matt Sherratt, Katie Spragg, Karlyn Sutherland, Kaori Tatebayashi, Adi Toch and John Ward.

28 February – 3 March, 2019

Opening Times:
Thursday 28 February: 11am – 5pm
Friday 1 March: 11am – 6pm
Saturday 2 March: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 3 March: 11am – 6pm

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London
SW3 4RY

Poetry Amongst the Pots

On the 8th November we were delighted to have poet Gregory Warren Wilson join us for a special event during Heavenly Bodies, Earthly Forms. Poetry Amongst the Pots offered an evening of performance by Gregory followed by a Q&A covering inspirations, influences and his favourite pieces from the exhibition.

Collections of Gregory’s poems now on sale for £5, plus P&P, please email us on info@joannabird.com for details.

Heavenly Bodies, Earthly Forms

6-23 November 2018

6-23 November 2018
19 Grove Park Terrace, London W4 3QE

Open 10-5.30pm
Closed Sundays

Central to the show is a focus on the celestial-like quality of the exhibited pieces by contemporary pottery, glassware, and furniture staples such as Pippin Drysdale, Helen Beard, Dylan Bowen, Nason Moretti and Nest Design.

Edmond Byrne’s textured glass forms complement and contrast the illustrative quality of Helen Beard’s bowls depicting bustling markets and serene ponds. On her part, National Living Treasure, Pippin Drysdale’s, vibrant porcelain lustre vessels sit atop pieces of exquisite lacquered furniture fashioned by Neil and Annabel McCarthy, the masterminds behind Lasalle’s Nest Design.

Continuing on with the theme of decorative forms as heavenly bodies, visitors will further discover delicate Murano water glasses from Italian maestro Nason Moretti curated alongside Yo Thom’s striking Ai-Indigo-glazed domesticware, perfect for gift giving.

The exhibition also includes ceramic works by Sara Dodd, Takeshi Yasuda, Kaori Tatebayashi, James Oughtibridge and Joanna Constantinidis. The virtuoso ensemble is completed by Royal College of Art graduates Alice Walton and Ian Thompson who showcase exciting new sculptural forms.

We hope you will come to explore the entrancing cornucopia of treasures presented in this unusual Christmas show.

Decorex 2018

Joanna Bird returns to Decorex International by Special Invitation

Joanna Bird will be returning to Decorex International from 16-19 September at Syon Park, London with a selection of beautiful works of art created by world renowned artists and craftsmen. We will be showing an exquisite collection of fine lacquered furniture, elegant glass sculptures and bold ceramics. Works exhibited include pieces by Pippin Drysdale, Halima Cassell, Clive Bowen, Adam Buick, Hattori Makiko, Sandy Brown, Wouter Dam, Steffen Dam, Bruno Romanelli, Pierre Jeanneret and NEST Design.

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2 on 3 dimensions – Joanna Bird and Elizabeth Fritsch in Conversation at the Fitzwilliam Museum

23 May 2018

1.15pm

As part of the programme alongside Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Elizabeth Fritsch CBE and Joanna Bird will be in conversation discussing Elizabeth’s work and career.

Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/conversation-2-3-dimensions

Colour and Form in the Garden Talk

On 30 April we welcome gardener Tom Freeth who, with Joanna, will discuss the principles of garden design and striking the right balance between beauty and practically.

Be inspired by Freeth’s own knowledge and passion for gardening as well as learning a few handy tips for creating your own dream garden at home.

Monday 30 April
6 – 7 pm

19 Grove Park Terrace
London
W4 3QE

Alan Oliver at Convex Concave

On the 24 April we are delighted to be hosting a talk by self taught textile artist Alan Oliver. Specialising in the production of hand woven rugs and wall hangings his threads are often hand dyed to achieve exact colours and shades.

Join us for a glass of wine and to hear Alan discussing his weaving, interpretation and inspirations.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to info@joannabird.com

 

Tuesday 24 April
6 – 7 pm

19 Grove Park Terrace
London
W4 3QE

Convex, Concave

18 April – 5 May 2018

Convex, Concave will be the next exhibition in our newly refurbished Chiswick Gallery. An innovative show of sculpture, ceramics, glass and furniture created by Master Craftsmen.

In the garden, which is to be featured in the May edition of House & Garden the abstract sculptures by James Oughtibridge will be on view, as well as the evocative elemental Moon Jars from Adam Buick.

Returning to Joanna’s garden are the craftsmen of West Meon Pottery with their striking terracotta pots.  These beautiful garden pots will be planted up with a range of layered plants and seasonal favourites carefully chosen by Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter. Handmade gardening tools will also be available.

Furniture, glass, and ceramics including the traditional works of Richard Batterham will be in company with the sculptural graphic energy of Wouter Dam. This is a show not to be missed!

Open Monday – Saturday
10-5.30pm
Closed Sundays

Richard Batterham, Clive Bowen, Adam Buick, Pippin Drysdale, Wouter Dam, Edward Hughes, Nest Furniture, Alan Oliver, James Oughtibridge, West Meon Pottery, Suleyman Saba, Paul Scott, Micki Schloessingk, Matt Sherratt and Kaori Tatebayashi

Collect 2018

22nd - 25th February 2018

Joanna Bird returns to Collect at the Saatchi Gallery

Works exhibited included pieces by Pippin Drysdale, Phoebe Cummings, James Oughtibridge, Annie Turner, Laura Youngson Coll, Kaori Tatebayashi, John Makepeace, Sara Dodd, Adi Toch, Hattori Makiko and Halima Cassell, Steffen Dam, Angela Cork, Nest Design

Thursday 22 February, 12pm – 7pm
Friday 23 February, 11am – 9pm
Saturday 24 February, 11am – 6pm
Sunday 25 February, 11am – 6pm

Richard Batterham, Master Potter DVD

£12 + P&P

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

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.

“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

 

Visit our website to see more of the work that we do: https://www.joannabirdfoundation.com/

See more of Richard’s work here

Pippin Drysdale at New Horizons

On the 21 November we were delighted to host an artist talk by internationally aclaimed artist and State National Living Treasure of Westen Australia, Pippin Drysdale.

Joanna and Pippin drew in a large crowd and it was brilliant to see so many of you in attendance. Pippin offered exclusive insights into her work, her inspirations and her future development. We will be premiering Pippin’s latest series of work  The Devils Marbles, Lustre Series at Collect 2018.

 

See the Devils Marbles, Lustre Series at Collect 2018, 22 – 25 February

New Horizons

22 November - 8 December 2017

A new exhibition of work showing ceramics, glass, furniture and more

22 November – 8 December 2017

We will holding a special screening of the film commisoned by the Joanna Bird Foundation: Richard Batterham, Master Potter.

This will be held on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to info@joannabird.com

19 Grove Park Terrace
London
W4 3QE

Open daily 10-5.30pm
Closed Sundays

Richard Batterham film fully funded!

Thank you so much to everyone whose contributions and enthusiasm have made this production of Richard Batterham Master Potter 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

Visit our website to see more of the work that we do: https://www.joannabirdfoundation.com/

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Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful at RAMM

May 13 – September 17, 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, RAMM, has commissioned and acquired Specimens from an imaginary voyage, an installation by Steffen Dam for their collection.

This installation is made up of 18 Marine and Jellyfish Jars and was created from hand blown and cast glass. Specially commissioned by RAMM the pieces take inspiration from the collection in Sladen’s Study which houses specimens of starfish and sea urchins.

A film of Dam working in his studio features in the exhibition as well as glass by the Blaschka brothers and a live aquarium.

 

Specimens from an imaginary voyage will be on display in Sladen’s Study, RAMM from November 2017.

Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful at RAMM

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Joanna Bird talk at Messums Wiltshire

Sat 29 April 2017

Making a collection: Abstraction in clay

Messums Wiltshire welcomes Anthony Shaw, founder of The Anthony Shaw Collection and Joanna Bird, consultant curator to Material: Earth to discuss Anthony’s collection which is on long term loan to CoCA, York Museums Trust.

It is one of Britain’s most important private collections of modern studio ceramics. A major holding of over 1200 works by some eighty artists acquired over 44 years. Within it there are important works by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Sara Radstone, Ewen Henderson, Gordon Baldwin and Gillian Lowndes amongst others. A  couturier, Anthony has travelled widely from his early childhood, educated by these experiences he appreciates ceramics as Art and has developed a very personal aesthetic.

They will be talking about how the collection came about, specific influences, where is has been housed and how Anthony has engaged with its development.

 

Booking is strongly advised with tickets costing £10.00 or £15.00 on the door and are available here.

Making a collection: Abstraction in clay.

Messums Wiltshire
Place Farm
Court Street
Tisbury
SP3 6LW

11.00 – 12.00
Sat 29 April 2017
Booking: Advised
Tickets: £10.00

 

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Joanna Bird at London Craft Week 2017

03 May 2017

British potter Chris Keenan, Fashion designer, Margaret Howell and Joanna Bird, ceramics consultant and curator, discuss the similarities in their process to work, searching out truth to materials and authenticity.

Chris began working with clay in his mid-thirties when he began a two year apprenticeship with Edmund de Waal. His collection includes beakers, bowls, cups, teapots, jugs and pots for flowers. Most recently, Chris spent six weeks as Artist-in-Residence at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Japan working with local clays and glazes. He was invited to fire work in the salt-glaze and noborigama kilns of Tomoo Hamada.

Margaret Howell has been designing understated, high-quality clothes since 1970. Inspired by nature, mid-20th-century furniture design and figures such as Mr James Dean and artist Mr Ben Nicholson, Ms Howell’s vision is unerringly tasteful, assured and practical.

 

Booking is essential as places on the tour are limited, tickets cost £9.60 and are available here.

Those on the tour will be met between 10.40 – 10.50, at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH and continue on to Vanguard Court.

In Conversation at Vanguard Studio
SE5 8QT

11.00 – 12.00
03 May 2017
Booking: Necessary
Tickets: £9.60

Necessities of Life

17 - 27 May 2017

Joanna is pleased to announce the opening of her next summer exhibition, Necessities of Life, taking place at Grove Park Terrace from Wednesday 17 May – Saturday 27 May.

This exhibition will give a broad brushstroke of what we think is essential to life – pots for food, water, coffee, wine, books, music and the garden.

We have our wonderful gardener Tom replanting the garden and lots of pots to show you – some planted up – all hand made in Hampshire. Visitors are invited to explore the garden and discover sculptural works by James Oughtibridge, Akiko Hirai, Adam Buick and Svend Bayer.

Open daily 10am – 5.30pm, closed Sundays.

We look forward to seeing you.

19 Grove Park Terrace, London, W4 3QE

 

Featuring work from:

Danlami Aliyu, Richard Batterham, Svend Bayer, Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, Chien-Wei Chang, Carina Ciscato, Joanna Constantinidis, Angela Cork, Pippin Drysdale, Akiko Hirai, Edward Hughes, James Oughtibridge, Nest Designs, Kaori Tatebayashi, Matthew Warner, West Meon Pottery, Philip Wood, Quarry Lane Workshop

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Material: Earth at Messums Wiltshire

12 March – 1 May 2017

This exhibition demonstrates how artists have explored the language of ceramics over the last seventy years. The aim is to convey a flavour of personal approaches to clay, from pots we use every day to abstract conceptual sculpture. Messums invited Joanna to join the exhibition as a consultant curator to advise and facilitate making this an exciting and well rounded exhibition.

Exhibiting artists include:

Felicity Aylieff, Sam Bakewell, Gordon Baldwin, Alison Britton, Christie Brown, Sandy Brown, Adam Buick, Stephanie Buttle, Hans Coper, Michael Eden, Philip Eglin, Elizabeth Fritsch, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Ewen Henderson, Gillian Lowndes, Geoffrey Mann, Alexander MacDonald- Buchanan, Grayson Perry, Richard Slee, Julian Stair, Kaori Tatebayashi, Annie Turner, Bouke de Vries, Edmund de Waal

 

Messums Wiltshire

Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury,
Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW

COLLECT 2017

Joanna Bird returned to the Saatchi Gallery in February to participate in the Crafts Council 13th COLLECT contemporary craft fair. As always we  showed a selection of quality works from internationally acclaimed contemporary ceramic, glass and wood working artists.

Works exhibited included pieces by Carina Ciscato, Pippin Drysdale, Annie Turner, Chien-Wei Chang, Kaori Tatebayashi, John Makepeace, Fausto Salvi, Sara Dodd, Hattori Makiko and Halima Cassell, Steffen Dam, Geoffrey Mann and Nest Designs.

Joanna Bird continues to offer collectors the opportunity to acquire exceptional museum quality works by Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Joanna Constantinidis.