motherhood residency work in progress

making and baby

As we come to the end of 2017 my heart is full of gratitude for all the beautiful moments,friends,family, new life that have blessed my life.

Since the birth of my second daughter in July 2017 I have been exploring ideas and making art related to the “Maternal” and my subjective experience of motherhood. I am part of an international project called – An Artist Residency in Motherhood. It has created focus in life by seeing parenting as inspiration for creative practice, rather than an obstruction to be overcome. Over the last six months I have created one song with farther of my child documented photos, notes, poems and ideas for performance and then something happened that was to focus my work on ceramics again, my grandmothers tea pot from my mothers side was accidentally dropped and shattered in November. I initially was very upset and so was my eight year old daughter from my reaction mainly. To comfort her and my self I have decided to create an art work about it, I am going to learn how to repair the teapot using the kintsugi technique (golden joinery) the philosophy behind kintsugi is beautiful and relevant in my life; treating breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. kintsugi belongs to the zen Buddhist ideals of wabi sabi, the satisfaction and appreciation of simplicity and a deep respect and finding beauty for what is damaged,fragile and imperfect. This wisdom has given me great comfort during the early months of being a mother of a new born again,it has helped to make peace with my transitory imperfect nature.

Over the next few months I will be working towards a project called “finding wabi Sabi in motherhood” with the view to exhibit in October 2018. I will make twelve tea cups each representing the seasons and months of my 2nd child’s first year of life, each tea cup will be slab built in white stone ware and decorated using transfer images collaged together. The images I choose will represent the wabi sabi philosophy,the simple things in life, the mundane but necessary activities that keep a child alive, including emotional and spiritual care and moments of tenderness and love that only a mother/parent would understand. The images will be in black and white, colour will come from the inlay clay, coloured glaze and transfer coloured paper. Then each cup will be broken in some way then repaired using the Kintsugi technique. The philosophy behind Kintsugi speaks to my sense of how it feels to be a mother/parent. Life has a habit of dreaming about one day securing a harmonious relationship, happy family life etc,then life has a habit of dealing us a range of blows. It is these moments of disillusionment and shattered dreams the wisdom of the kintsugi philosophy can be applicable to our own lives, as it is to ceramics. The care and love expended on shattered pieces should also encourage us to respect what is damaged, scared, vulnerable and imperfect in our self. I have found much peace since learning about wapi sapi and kintsugi. I love the way that making art can deepen your understanding and then be able to share it with an audience so you can find your own meaning and deepen your understanding, anyway I hope you found this Japanese wisdom useful. Looking forward to repairing my grandmothers tea pot what ever the new year brings.

Thank you for reading 

sending you all blessings of love and peace for 2018

Joanna x

Ceredigion Museum project “Stories on Tiles


Back in January 2017 I was part of an exciting project called the New Approaches project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other supporters. The project was to turn a building on Terrace Road,into a new entrance for Ceredigion Museum and the Tourist Information Centre along with a new shop and cafe. The building was formerly a pop up co-operative gallery called Cardigian Bay Gallery, a project of Ceredigion Art Trail where I made ceramics, ran workshops, volunteered and sold my work.

My role in the project was to to facilitate a community ceramic workshop “called Stories on Tiles” overseen by the “Reflecting Memories design team” Jenny Hall & Camilla Norberg, curator Carrie Canham, and architect Dafydd Tomos, to create artwork inspired by the Coliseum’s heyday from when it opened as a cinema in the 1930s through until its lease ran out in 1977 and it finally closed. The artwork will then be displayed in the new cafe area. I was also commissioned to make tiles that could be sold in the shop.

Tiles made by Joanna Bond. Part of the stories on tiles project

To deepen my knowlege of the history of the Coliseum I was invited to attend a one day workshop facilitated by Lisa Heledd Jones of Storyworks . Lisa compiled a set of resources including: oral histories recently recorded by the museum’s “Gathering Memories” team Anna and Amanda, photographs from the museum archive and audio and video footage of the soundtracks and films mentioned in the oral histories. She invited the workshop attendees to make notes and join in with group discussions. It was a very valuable workshop to deepen everyone’s knowledge of the stories of the Coliseum that would inspire the creation of artworks, signs and finishes in the fit-out of the proposed entrance, shop, café and reception. Lisa helped us explore this period of time to draw out the key moments, locations, words, phrases, characters and imagery. We hope that the finished interior will give a sense of connection to the historic Coliseum and museum.

Over two days I facilitated a community workshop “ Stories on Tiles” where members of the public were invited to create 4 tiles inspired by the Coliseum, using collage and transfers. I first begun using this technique over six years ago, when I created transfers of my own drawings inspired by nature like birds bugs and flowers, and then fixed these onto cups, tiles and vases as part of ‘Pretty Common Things’ solo exhibition at The Studio Gallery, curated by Ruth Hogg. This exciting technique allows me to make reproductions of both photographic and hand drawn imagery onto my ceramics, as well as introduce colour, pattern and texture.

During the stories on tiles workshop it was really exciting to work with imagery of characterful people that were involved in the Colisium, from the owners, to the performers to the vistors,to the film stars who were on screen when it was a cinema. We also used imagery of the building interior and text. Each tile was unique incorporating black and white imagery with blocks of colour including Light green, Turquoise blue,Signal Green,Light green and Sulfur Yellow.

I cant wait for the grand opening, and to see of all the creative work that has gone into this refurbishment.

The next “ Stories on Tiles” community workshop I will be facilitating will be for Penparcau Community Forum Ltd where we will create artwork to wall their new community building.

I welcome commissions from organisation to run workshops and or private to make bespoke tiles and other ware. I will also be creating a new range inspired by stories that inspire me.  

A Meditation on Connection and Mobility

The 25th -27th will be a weekend walking, interaction, tiny protests and performances with audiences.
You can make a day of, or pop along and get involved in at any point of the weekend.
Times and locations will be provided below and we’ll be encouraging people to join us for the duration of the weekend.
Times and locations are provided below and we’ll be encouraging people to join us for the duration of the weekend.
25th March depart form Carmarthen train station 11:09 to Swansea station. Arrive in Swansea 11:6
12-2pm. This is the final day of festival THE END IS BY YUR join me as I walk around Swansea centre installing ‘tiny protests’ in places that take my fancy ”drift thinking”
2pm go to a vegan cafe for lunch. This is an opportunity to ask me any questions about the performance. I will continue to walk and join the other performances
3pm- John
On the beach performance in costume.
100 Ways to Say Goodbye – Howl Juan
We’ll walk up the beach a bit to join Howl. His piece is durational, we will visit him while he is in performance. Once our audience have interacted with him we will head our way back to the Elysium.
5:30pm on wards
Movement performance in gallery exhibition space.
Performance lecture in gallery exhibition space
Functionally Dysfunctional
Séance in the gallery’s studio area, it’s darker and more atmospheric, and means that your set can be a surprise reveal.
26th March depart from Swansea at 10:49 arrive in Cardiff 12:38
Walk around Cardiff town centre walking through Bute Park installing tiny protest. lunch at Chapter       2 pm this again is an opportunity to talk to me about my performance.  bus journey to the assembly. 
Depart Cardiff station 16:26 arrive at Crosskeys 16:59 bus to Cwmcarn and walk to Abercarn to my parents house.
27th depart form Newbridge 8:56am arrive in Cardiff 9:39am
Depart from Cardiff 10:42 arrive in Carmarthen 12:26
 Exhibition of installation titled tiny protest at Tregaron Station, Altered by artist and three colleges   at the Elysuim gallery.

What is to be human?

Took me a bit longer to get home from the morning school yesterday !

Red ribbon


With only a ten days until the performance of Inseparability of human and nature the work is starting to take shape.

On a beautiful autumn morning  I stopped on the windy country roads  (never done that before)  and played, photographed and filmed a red ribbon; that has been my dance partner over last few weeks, out of the studio and into nature.

This ribbon has come to symbolise what it is to be human to me. To me it represents this invisible energy connection that we have with nature and with each other. The red ribbon is a prop, to make visible the feelings that we pick up in are bodies, when in nature or consuming herbs, It is the connections we have with each other – transmiting information through electrical and chemical signals.

I know I may sound a bit of a hippy but nature was definitely smiling at me when I adorned her with the red ribbon.

Red ribbon

Red ribbon


Aberystwyth studio residency April -June 2016

Gif by Naomi Heath -“Livingness of clay”

In April I started my residency in the creative studio in Aberystwyth Arts centre. This wonderful, light studio has been a great space for developing my performance art and music, I am finding everyone there really supportive and inspiring of my creative visions.

I currently seeking funding to develop a project titled“Inseparability of human and nature” I decided to hold an exhibition co- curated by Ruth Hogg showcasing my performance art and  work of artists that I’ll be collaborating with on my new project that looks at the ‘consciousness’ of plants. I am taking a journey with like-minded creatives to find ways to map this in creative encounters, to break down the polarities between technology and nature, utilizing digital technologies in particular to ‘translate’ and describe these encounters; using performance, sonic art, live original music ,stories, music, visual art and film.

The website for Inseparability of Human and Nature here and you can find out more and see a documentary footage of the my performance titled Entanglement of Earth – performance art and voice with original live music by Stuart Hampton, and Ailsa Mair Hughes here  (the footage is a very lo- fi,  and Performance is very hard to document anyway basically this film doesn’t give it justice you just “had to be there”.)

“Livingness of clay” performance and promenade May 2016 studio one Aberystwyth Arts Centre

clay and tree

photo by Emma Marr

This piece of work was an exploration the livingness of clay, using clay slip, (that was dug up by hand  from  site in Carmarthen two years ago)  using movement and music by Stuart Hampton. Exploring how I can dissolve the separation between man-made and wild nature, while exploring my own awareness of the livingness in everything around me, treating everything as alive and responding to it.

The performance started in the studio where I covered my whole body from head to toe in clay slip then barefooted lead a small group of selected artists on a “promenade” first to the university community garden where I planted the herb chives, then continued into the centre of town, stopping for a quick look around Tesco before rolling into the sea to be cleaned and the clay returned to the earth.

This piece was poignant for me as a ceramicist for 20 years I have started using clay in a totally different way as I transition from predominately ceramist to creating work that is more performance based.

“I felt vibrant, liberated and connected to the earth, lt also felt like a sort of protest to waken people to the need to protect our planet by awaken our wilder side and connect with nature by stepping outside what is normal in the everyday life .

It was really important for me to get some critical feed back from the audience. Here are  few comments I received…..

“I felt her. Silently speaking to everything”. – Ruth Hogg

 “Perhaps our role is to allow others to explore and interact with the world creatively, by doing it the world becomes a place of infinite possibilities not confined by ideas of conformity.” – Naomi Heath listens to Millie Jackdaw.
train roots

Whats new

Since I fell over a month ago I have had little energy to make much pottery or do house work for that matter.  Instead I stated drawing again, proper! not just doodles and rough sketches in my note books (of which I have loads of)

I bought my self some nice pencils and a lovely A4 sketch book… and oh my, I am loving it! It was like a old friend I have not seen in 5 years. How time fly ‘s hey! I have been drawing  a series of arteries, framed  like a train window.

Since my  research for singing the line into existence lea me to the  the Beeching cuts.  Back in 2013 I watched a  British transport film from 1965 describing the cuts to the railway lines, like cuts to human arteries.

I have also been cutting trains out of books ( a train sellers worst night mare)  and making surrealist collages, homage to the queen of this medium miss Mitten. I want to make  trains look like organs with arteries connected and disconnected

I have  had these ideas tucked away in a sketch book until now, It feels good to put pencil t paper and scalpel to train book and actually do it,  I did it for me,I  did it to sing the line into existence and the campaign to reopen the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen rail way line.

They also look like roots… returning again to make art about the natural world  and connecting with my reverence with nature. Hope I find the time  to do more.

arteries, roots

arteries, roots


“The Milk Urn Performance, by Joanna Bond, at Mac scratch.”

performance with a milk urn


This post is a bit late, sorry, as I have been really busy lately with “stuff”, so consequently, it is a few weeks overdue, but I got such a lot out of the experience, that I thought it was worth some time, to reflect and share with you, this awesome evening of exploration, sharing and feedback.

On a warm(ish) Tuesday on June 9th 2015 I attended the first Mac Scratch event – an opportunity for local artists to present brand new work in progress. Together a large crowd of spectators and artists gathered together under the a canopy of trees, seated next to a wooden stage of the pavilion woodland park in Machynlleth

As a spectator I was delighted and impressed by the range and originality and quality of the works presented. One of my favourite performances was by poet Bethany Rivers and her enchanting poems. I asked Bethany if she could tell me something about what inspired the poem “My Guest House.”

Bethany says “This was inspired by Rumi’s poem: The Guest House, which is about welcoming all your emotions, no matter what they, and treating each guest honourably, even, ‘The dark thought, the shame, the malice’ because they are ‘clearing you out /for some new delight’.

So I decided to play with this, exploring some emotions that are unwelcome or uncomfortable, as all emotions, according to Rumi’s poem are ‘sent / as a guide from beyond’, so even in our most uncomfortable emotions there is wisdom to be found.  So in my poem, I’m tentatively welcoming these turbulent emotions and hoping for / asking for the wisdom they will bring.”

The piece I performed was called the “Milk Urn”. A brand new work in progress piece never before performed: part of the narrative of this performance is my research into the history of the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen railway line, during my research I discovered the station of Pont Llanio and the milk factory that was next to it. The milk urn I use in the performance is a symbolic object of nostalgia re-igniting dreams, of a return of what was once there, as well opening up, all sorts of other associations to do with milk and the industry. I will be researching more into this in the following weeks/months.

In this performance, my intention was to use an object to portray a sense of physical movement, political movement and linear movement. My performance began with me drinking from a vintage glass milk bottle full of milk.

While exploring the possibilities of the milk urn in my studio, I discovered that when I spoke or sang into it, it created a lovely reverberating sound. I decided to use this in the performance. I spoke into the urn, imitating a well known railway announcement, “Mind the gap,” creating a chuckle in the audience and an involuntary chuckle in myself. I continued the performance by spinning the urn and picking it up and placing it down forcefully on the ground so that I created a loud noise. I then sang into the urn a song, inspired by the campaign, to bring back the railway line and my own desire to be able to travel by rail to see my mother in South Wales and still be home for tea.

On later reflection, the performance had an element of a dream like quality “railway dreaming” and could symbolise the space in your imagination you occupy as a passenger.

Drawing on my Capoeira training and especially maculele ( people rhythmically striking the sticks together, that looks like “mock stick combat) I moved around the urn hitting the sticks and sides of the urn creating a series of different “dongs”. I also incorporated kicks and spins as I created sound. My intention was to create a loud noise, and when the urn was moved, banged on the concrete, it created a force to be reckoned with, symbolising a call for action, a mobilising of the troops, a wake-up call to bring this railway line back.

I received some encouraging feedback from members of the audience, “I really enjoyed it,” “very powerful and beautiful”, “That was F*** amazing!”, and “I interpreted it as the voice filling the void, where the railway once was.”

I felt encouraged and supported by this feed back, and looking forward to developing this work further and performing it as part of the “Singing the line into existence” showing in October 2015.

Hope you enjoy this Scratch performance you can see it here!



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joanna rolling out clay

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Pottery classes for children and adults


I am happy to announce I will be running small intimate  pottery clubs and workshops for all ages and abilities.  I am an experienced tutor and ceramicist, with a lovely  fully equipped and warm pottery studio in Gilfachreda near New Quay. Can happily sit 7 people.

P lease scroll down fora list of workshops available.

Yr wyf yn hapus i gyhoeddi y byddaf yn rhedeg clybiau a gweithdai crochenwaith personol bach ar gyfer pob oedran a gallu. Yr wyf yn diwtor a cherameg profiadol, gyda stiwdio crochenwaith yn llawn offer ac yn gynnes hyfryd yn Gilfachreda ger Cei Newydd. A all hapus yn eistedd 7 o bobl.
Os gwelwch yn dda sgroliwch i lawr y rhestr fforymau o weithdai sydd ar gael.


african masks

Art and pottery clubs

Half term club
£36 er session
£18 for morning /afternoon
bring a packed lunch
snacks and drinks provided

After school club
Wednesday, Friday
4:00 5:30 snacks and drinks available
£8 per session

Children will work on developing self expression and learning new skills in drawing and designing for pottery.
To book and find out more
01545 581157
Also unique pottery on sale at the studio and website

Clybiau celf a chrochenwaith
Yn y stiwdio grochenwaith yng Ngilfachreda ger Cei Newydd
Clwb Hanner Tymor
£36 y sesiwn
£18 ar gyfer y bore / prynhawn
dewch â phecyn bwyd
darperir byrbrydau a diodydd

Clwb ar ôl ysgol
Dydd Mercher , Dydd Gwener
4:00 5:30 byrbrydau a diodydd ar gael
£8 y sesiwn
Bydd y plant yn gweithio ar ddatblygu hunan- fynegiant a dysgu sgiliau newydd mewn arlunio a dylunio ar gyfer crochenwaith.
I archebu a chael gwybod mwy
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