Stephen BirdBorn: 1964
Stephen Bird studied Fine Art at Dundee Art College. 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 image 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
Bird will be the subject of a solo exhibition in August 2019.
Monkey2014Clay, pigment, glazeH:34cm W:19cm D:22cm£2,100
Walking Man Purple and Yellow2016Glazed earthenwareD:28cm£550
Now Look At Me2014Clay, pigment, glazeH:24cm W:31cm£750
Death2015Clay, pigment, glazeH:22cm W:31cm£550
Sydney Dandy2014Clay, pigment, glazeH:36cm W:22cm D:16cm£2,100
The Artist With His Children2015Clay, pigment, glazeH:43cm W:23cm D:23cm£2,600
Floral Head With Bee Stings2016Tin glazed earthenwareH:44cm W:36cm£1,080
Korean Man With Jug2015Korean buncheong clay with pigment and glazeH:35cm W:15.5cm D:15cm£2,100
Come Back With My Balloons2016Glazed earthenwareH:32cm W:39cm£950
Big Bong Theory2015Clay, pigment, glazeH:32cm W:39cm£950
Head Plate2015Clay, pigment, glazeH:29.5cm W:24cm£850
Roger At The Big Pot Factory2012Glazed porcelainH:7cm W:23cm£1,500
Roger Law Toby2012Clay, pigment, glazeH:35cm W:18cm D:24cm£2520
Self Portrait2012Clay, pigment, glazeH:36cm W:16cm D:20cm£2520
Shattered Vase2013Clay, pigment, glazeH:39cm W:19cm D:19cm£2100