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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.

True to Form

8-22 November

Featuring works by Richard Batterham, Chien-Wei Chang, Carina Ciscato, Wouter Dam, Pippin Drysdale, Edward Hughes, Sun Kim, Jaejun Lee, Sara Moorhouse, Prue Piper and Fausto Salvi

19 Grove Park Terrace, London, W4 3QE

Open 10-5.30pm
Closed Sundays
Late Night Opening Thursday 17 November until 8pm

We were delighted to welcome light installation artist Rupert Newman who produced an exciting and mesmerizing display for the exhibition opening night.

Decorex 2016

18-21 September

Following the success of her collaboration with renowned interior designer David Mlinaric, curating the Sir John Soane Museum stand for Decorex International 2015, Joanna Bird returned to the fair  bringing together an array of superb Decorative Arts, Furniture and Venetian Lighting.

By placing a curatorial emphasis on the ‘Objets D’art’ when designing around the objects, Joanna creates fresh and harmonious spaces, something which is reflected in her stand design for the fair.
Works shown at Decorex 2016 include:

Bold colours and clean lines: Furniture by Nest Design including The  Pheonix console table, Red Writing Desk and Twenty 10.  Nest create hand crafted pieces in solid timber and in 2005 they were awarded the prestigious Irish Furniture Oscar by John Makepeace.

The Phoenix consoles are Neil & Annabel McCarthy’s latest design. They combine their signature lacquer with the Japanese charring technique known as shou- sugi-ban. Traditionally applied to cedar for exterior use, it preserves wood by burning it superficially. The hardened surface is then cleaned and coated with oil.

Continuing the theme of bold colours Pippin Drysdale’s porcelain installations strike a topographical note referencing the Australian landscape.  She is a National Living Treasure of Australia. Her work is instantly recognisable for its vibrant colours and strong forms.

Alessandro Diaz de Santillana brings the best from the Masters of Murano with sophisticated uplighters which emmenate a rich jewel-like glow.

Joanna will also be showing a beautiful rug by British artist Christopher Le Brun. Red and Blue was made in Afyon, Turkey and was made after a painting entitled Keep. The piece is  hand dyed, hand knotted Anatolian Fat Tail Wool and Mohair.

We are delighted to be showing a chandelier by Cox London. Ferro Vitro, inspired by the drawings of Alberto Giacometti is a sculptural construction of iron and blown glass, forged in the UK.

 

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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.

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.

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/

Prospero’s Charm; Art to Enchant

21 June - 6 July 2016

 

Joanna Bird brings together an array of beautiful objects by internationally acclaimed artists. An enticing selection of Ceramics, Glass, Textiles and Wood set in the home gallery and against the backdrop of the unusual garden design in Chiswick.

Exceptional craftsmanship will be on view, mysterious and exotic textiles by Rita Parniczhy explore the passage of light through material and pattern. These will be juxtaposed with celebrated artist Peter Collingwood’s geometric macro gauze weavings.
Alicja Patanowska shows her intriguing MushroomLAB and Plantation Installation which allows observation of plant development, both stem and root.

Jenifer Jones and Svend Bayer add form with their pots to the garden planting, Adam Buick adds mystery to the collection with his Moon Jars inside the house. Henry Pim plays with scale and architecturally engineers his clay sculptures into composite forms, reminiscent of steel girders which explore space on the exterior whilst throwing a trajectory of shadows.

From the perfectly poised forms of Pippin Drysdale’s work to the lyrical poems of Rupert Spira, the exhibition continues to offer a great variety of work which is brought together by a sense of form and exceptional craftsmanship.

Amy West returns from Murano to show her new spring collection of glass jewellery, which can be made to commission for special occasions. Juli Bolaños-Durman also debuts her new Solace series in the UK.

Finally Rósa Gísladóttir’s impressive, imaginative sculptures (Hebe’s Gold Chalice) and Geoffrey Mann’s ‘Secret Life of Shadows’ conjure up the magic of Prospero’s Charm.

Visitors have the opportunity to see contemporary works including pieces by Master potters, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Joanna Constantinididis.

21 June – 6 July , open 10am – 5.30pm (including Saturdays, closed Sundays)

Late night openings Thursday 23 June until 9pm and Wednesday 29 June until 9 pm

We look forward to seeing you.

19 Grove Park Terrace, London, W4 3QE