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.


Joanna Bird at COLLECT 2015

8 - 11 May 2015

Joanna Bird will return to COLLECT 2015 showing a selection of quality work from internationally acclaimed contemporary ceramic, glass and conceptual artists.

The show will feature new ceramics by Pippin Drysdale, Annie Turner and Carina Ciscato as well as works in silver by Chien-Wei Chang. Jacob van der Beugel will unveiling his new body of work following his award winning ceramic installation at Chatsworth House.

Geoffrey Mann will be debuting his new glass sculptures The Secret Life of Shadows and Steffen Dam will be presenting a new direction in glass.

Alongside these, will be exciting new works by Halima Cassell, Kaori Tatebayashi, Joseph Harrington, Juli Bolaños-Durman, Svend Bayer and furniture from John Makepeace and Julian Chichester. Several new international artists will also be featured for the first time at COLLECT including ceramics by Thiébaut Chagué, sculpture by Rósa Gísladóttir and ceramics by Hattori Makiko.

Joanna will also be offering collectors the opportunity to acquire exceptional museum-quality works by Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Edmund de Waal.

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

Friday 8 May: 12 – 6 pm
Saturday 9 May: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 10 May: 11am – 6pm
Monday 11 May: 11am – 4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before close of show

Heat and Dust

19-30 November 2014

Joanna is delighted to announce her new exhibition, Heat and Dust, taking place at Grove Park Terrace from Wednesday 19 November to Sunday 30 November, open 10am – 5.30pm (including Saturdays, closed Sunday 23 November) with late night openings on Thursday 20 and Thursday 27 to 9pm.

Joanna visited India earlier this year to source exotic new textiles and other craft products from artisans working in Chennai, Pondicherry and Jaipur. The result is an exhibition that conveys the rich and varied atmosphere of the country, showcasing the finest Indian hand-crafts and beautiful new contemporary ceramics and glass.

Finely woven silk saris, cashmere shawls and pashminas in a range of vibrant colours and traditional patterns will be complemented by the bright glazes and sculptural forms of work from both established and emerging artists.

Pippin Drysdale explores a range of colours from Violet to Crimson to Ochre to enliven her unique porcelain forms. Sara Moorhouse and Natasha Daintry will provide their take on the vessel in an equally dazzling array of colours directly inspired by the craft textiles in the show.

Ceramics from Clive Bowen, Richard Batterham and Kaori Tatebayashi demonstrate the beauty of functional form whilst Thiébaut Chagué’s powerful sculptures speak of the immediate relationship between earth and fire.

Chien-Wei Chang’s silver work responds to objects in everyday use in India, bringing a fresh view on a country that is undergoing rapid change.

The show will also feature ceramics by Sara Dodd and Emma Finch, and new work in glass from Juli Bolaños-Durman.

The Arris, Interpreted

27 November - 24 December 2014

An exhibition of new work by Carina Ciscato
Curated by Joanna Bird

In association with Messum’s, the exhibition will run alongside a show of work by Frank Phelan.

8 Cork Street
London
W1S 3LJ

Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pn
Sunday Closed

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Joanna Bird at Chesney’s London

Joanna Bird presents a selection of curated works at Chesney’s the new showroom in Battersea. Joanna chose vibrant ceramic works to complement Chesney’s period and contemporary luxury fireplaces.

Chesney’s
194 – 200 Battersea Park Road,
London, SW11 4ND

Monday-Friday 9:00am-5.30pm, Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm
by appointment

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Carina Ciscato at Chesney’s New York

Coinciding with the Inspired by Soane launch at Chesney’s New York, Carina Ciscato is exhibiting new works including a series of roundels, which she developed as part of the Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture.

Chesney’s New York
Suite 1119, 11th Floor, D&D Building,
979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5.00pm

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Joanna Bird at Suzanne Lovell Inc

In November 2013, Joanna Bird visited Chicago for a pop-up exhibition in the studio of renowned interior designer Suzanne Lovell. The show coincided with SOFA Chicago, where Joanna had a stand and Suzanne had designed the VIP room.

Showing a range of contemporary and historic works in a variety of media, Joanna and Suzanne gave a talk about the importance of decorative arts within the home and the three dimensional experience.

 

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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
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Michael Cardew, Pioneer Potter Exhibition

26 September - 3 October 2012

Joanna Bird presented a seminal group of works by Michael Cardew at the Fine Art Society, London to coincide with the launch of Tanya Harrod’s major biography The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew: Modern Pots, Colonialism, and Counterculture published by Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

The exhibition included examples of Michael’s work throughout his career. These include bowls and lamps from Winchcombe, Abuja soy and talc pots and Wenford stem cups.

Michael Cardew was one of Bernard Leach’s first pupils.  In 1926, he set up a traditional English pottery in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. His aim was to produce functional affordable pieces. He worked from grass roots, mixing his own clay body and all the pigments and glazes.

In 1939, he returned to Cornwall to set up a pottery at Wenford Bridge and in 1942, he established a pottery in Ghana. He trained West African potters and brought his western ideas and technology to the more traditional primitive pottery of West Africa.