The Joanna Bird Foundation (charity number 1149014) is very special body to me and I want to give it my best shot. It will nurture education and opportunity for individual artists and for their audiences. I hope that it will have a distinct character of its own and become a living, growing source of inspiration for many people.

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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

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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

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

 

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See more of Richard’s work here

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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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

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Lecture: Ceramica – The Power of Installation, Soane and Beyond

Talk by JOANNA BIRD and SAMANTHA GROVER

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Jonathan Burden, 180 Duane Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York City

One of the centerpieces of the Soane collection is the Cawdor Vase.  This vase is the largest and most elaborate classical ceramic piece in the collection.  It presents mythical figures from the Olympic Games and has a great provenance, back to the collection of the King of Naples.  It has pride of place in the Library Dining room.

This talk will focus on the Soane Museum’s collection, plus some  contemporary ceramics which are being shown at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair opening this week in Manhattan. Pieces in the Soane Museum collection include the Cawdor Vase and the extremely rare Chinese export ware tiles, of which the Museum owns 300.  There are also items such as the small neoclassical Wedgwood biscuit fired urn decorated with paper flowers by Mrs. Soane which is now displayed in the Oratory in the newly restored private apartments, carefully positioned to serve as a memorial to her.  Soane liked to amass objects to create more impact and atmosphere and he too liked to mix contemporary and the antique.  The Soane Museum has followed Soane in this direction with the 2013 exhibition: Marking the Line, Ceramics and Architecture, which was curated by Joanna Bird.

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Lecture: Ceramica – The Power of Installation, Soane and Beyond

Marking the line Symposium at Somerset House

26 March 2013

In conjunction with the touring exhibition Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture, The Joanna Bird Foundation organised a symposium to discuss the interplay between ceramics and architecture and their relevance for collectors, makers and museums today. The evening concluded with a candlelit tour of the exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Speakers:
Eric Parry RA, Principal, Eric Parry Architects
Suzanne Lovell, Principal, Suzanne Lovell Inc.
Dr Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński, Exhibitions Curator, Sir John Soane’s Museum
Jan Tichelaar, Director, Royal Tichelaar Makkum
Joanna Bird, Curator, Director, The Joanna Bird Foundation
Jeremy Theophilus, Co-director of the British Ceramics Biennial
Eliza Gluckman, Curator, Day+Gluckman
Andrew Burton, Artist, Professor of Fine Art at Newcastle University

Chair: Dr Glenn Adamson, Head of Research, V&A

Themes of the symposium:
Contemporary ceramic installations in historic architectural settings.
Where do ceramics fit into the wider arts sector? How does place and historical reference affect both work and audiences?
How do installations in different historic contexts show work in a new light and how does this affect the artist, viewer and critic?
How can design factories, artists and architects explore artistic collaboration?
What is the future for crossover of architecture, interior design and ceramics?

Support from the Art Fund enabled curators from around the UK to attend the Marking the line symposium.

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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
A fully illustrated catalogue is now available to buy at the price of £10 (+1.60 p&p). To order please email your details to info@joannabirdfoundation.com

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