Exhibitions are fun to put together, you never really know until the end of the hang (and getting to know the work that you are showing) how it is going to look and where the impact will lie. This is a constant challenge – I love mixing it up a little and surprising people.
‘Landscapes in porcelain’ – Pippin Drysdale in Ceramic Review
‘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
Art, Form and Function Talks
In association with the Joanna Bird Foundation
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
Gain a fascinating insight into Venetian glass jewellery making.
Wednesday 13th November 6:30pm
A reading of his poetry, written in the city of Venice.
Wednesday 20th November 6:30pm
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 Warner’s 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 Hirai’s unglazed cups and sake bottles. Witness the playfulness of Carlo Moretti’s cocktail glasses (limited editions). Relish the anticipation of a déjeuner sur l’herbe with Chiarastella Cattana’s hand woven linen napkins whilst relaxing on her jacquard blanket woven in the Dolomites. Be charmed by Marie-Rose Kahane’s 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 West’s 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
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
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.
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
Central Saint Martins
Saturday 23 March
1.00 – 2.00 pm
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
Thursday 28 February: 11am – 5pm
Friday 1 March: 11am – 6pm
Saturday 2 March: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 3 March: 11am – 6pm
Duke of York’s HQ
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Heavenly Bodies, Earthly Forms
6-23 November 2018
6-23 November 2018
19 Grove Park Terrace, London W4 3QE
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.
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.
2 on 3 dimensions – Joanna Bird and Elizabeth Fritsch in Conversation at the Fitzwilliam Museum
23 May 2018
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.
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
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 email@example.com
Tuesday 24 April
6 – 7 pm
19 Grove Park Terrace
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.
Open Monday – Saturday
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
19 Grove Park Terrace
Open daily 10-5.30pm
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.
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.
11.00 – 12.00
Sat 29 April 2017
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
11.00 – 12.00
03 May 2017