Stephen BirdBorn: 1964
Place of Birth: The Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent
Stephen Bird was born in The Potteries, trained at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and, making his home and a huge international reputation from Sydney, he remains aloof from any artist pigeon-hole. He works with both paint and clay and has also undertaken a number of site-specific sculpture commissions. Bird’s influences and interests include English figure and slipware traditions and paintings and artefacts culled from his extensive travels through India, Asia and Australia. His use of words, collage and found objects as part of the final work, results in powerful multi-dimensional imagery which reflect on the global, transcultural nature of myths and ceramic archetypes.
"I began my Industrial Sabotage series in 2006 as part of an exhibition and research at the Potteries Museum Stoke on Trent. I use the term Industrial Sabotage to explain how I have re-interpreted the tradition of mass produced ornament ceramics made in Stoke on Trent in the 18th and 19th centuries. Initially I looked at the emotional aspects of the figurines and then went on to explore political messages, prohibition and violence as a way of using ceramics to comment on sensitive current issues. In the last phase of Industrial Sabotage I am looking at the irrational, the absurd and the ridiculous, and trying to drive my work towards some kind of disconcerting hiatus in order to re-examine the figurine, the figurative vessel, its context and its contemporary significance." - Stephen Bird
Public collections include:
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; National Museums Northern Ireland.
Man With An Eel View details
Man With An Eel2019glazed earthenware with enamelH:52cm W:25cm D:22cm£3,600Large Two Guys Walking Plate View details
Large Two Guys Walking Plate2016enamelled Jingdezhen porcelainH:9cm D:54cm£2,540Woman Running Plate View details
Woman Running Plate2016tin glazed earthenwareD:32cm£680Self Portrait Plate View details
Self Portrait Plate2018tin glazed enamelled earthenwareH:52cm W:43cm£1,750Tea Caddy View details
Tea Caddy2017glazed and enamelled earthenwareH:20cm W:17cm D:17cm£2,540Painter View details
Painter2017glazed earthenwareH:72cm W:25cm D:16cm£4,200Hunter Plate View details
Hunter Plate2019glazed earthenwareD:30cm£680Relief Plate With Man View details
Relief Plate With Man2018earthenware with honey glazeH:30cm W:23cm£680Woman Vase View details