Abstraction in Clay: A discussion with one of Britain’s most important private collectors.
Saturday 29th April, 11:00 – 12pm
£10 in advance, £15 on the door Booking
We are delighted to welcome 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. As Anthony says ‘Collections should be about individual work rather than numbers. I look for work that cannot be copied, and changes me as much as it does the artist’.
Within the collection there are important works by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Sara Radstone, Ewen Henderson, Gordon Baldwin and Gillian Lowndes amongst others. A couturier, Anthony has traveled widely from his early childhood, educated by these experiences he appreciates ceramics as Art and has developed a very personal aesthetic.
Joanna Bird originally trained as a potter for three years with Michael Cardew and practiced in her own right, before setting up a contemporary ceramics gallery in 1994. Amongst other exhibitions she curated a ‘life specific’ exhibition, Marking the line, Ceramics and Architecture, the subject of which was Sir John Soane. Joanna is founder of The Joanna Bird Foundation with a mission to support emerging talents in the decorative arts.
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.