Merry Christmas looking back on the year, and pottery sale

This year has been both peppered with personal challenges and wonderfully creative in music and ceramics with some exciting projects in the pipeline for the new year.

Finding my feet again with a new baby who is 16 months as I write this has changed my focus again “Motherhood/parenthood” and how a living as a self employed artist to make living is challenging to say the least but out of this came the decision to find the inspiration for my art from motherhood/parenthood and my children, I am so pleased at how the work is going and the opportunities that are presenting themselves.


bowls to be broken then fixed using the Kintsugi technique

I am working on self directed project called finding ‘Wabi Sabi in motherhood’ creating ceramics and film. I am taking a look at some of the imperfections in my life and creating black bowls that will be later broken in some way and then fixed together with glue and filled with gold, this technique is called kintsugi. This symbolic act represents how during human experience, life may deal us a number blows and cracks may appear, instead of seeing these cracks as ugly we see them as beautiful and adding to what it means to be human.

Yellow sponge – Band, performance,sculpture

Yellow Sponge

yellow Sponge

I am also collaborating with Phoebe’s father Stuart Hampton a musician, painter music publisher to create works in music, sculptures, performance art and films with honesty, truth, love,integrity and humor. We jokingly see ourselves a bit like the John and Yoko of Wales.

As we are both artists we share the childcare to enable to haves quality time with phoebe and time work and relax;its all very exciting and challenging at the same time, but we enjoy what we do and we have a strong desire to live this dream where the children see that we love our work; we have recently involved the whole family in a music for a song Stu and I wrote called “ don’t want to be domesticated” filmed in Ceredigion Museum. . You can see it and hear and also some of our music on spot here. You can also like our page on face book here and watch our song ‘ Domesticated’here the picture below is us taken in our living room when the baby was a sleep upstairs..

Pottery and Art Sale Party

Christmas sale


I would like to offer all my subscribers a 3rd off all my art work until the end of January. I have turned my caravan studio into a shop opening hours are 10am – 3pm and 4 – 7 every day to the run up to Christmas,work will be available at sale price on my website shop Please tell friends to subscribe so they too can pic up a bargain.

Saturday 22ed from 2pm onward in Felinfach near Lampeter we are having a little pottery and art sale party with live music from Ailsa you can find out more and hear a song from her new EP L- plates here also from Stu Hampton and myself, if you would like to join us email me at or call me on 07966897393 to let me know.

Stories On Tiles – Penparcau hub Aberystwyth 

stories on tiles

A really lovely community art project I facilitated where archive imagery had been collected,turned into ceramic decals ( transfers) and the community each made one – four tiles each by cutting and collaging the decal images and colours onto a tile that was later fired and made permanent. The finished tiles were mounted and grouted to a wall in cafe.
If you would like me to facilitate a workshop to create a Stories on tiles wall in your office, community centre, school or home please get in touch.

Our aims are….

Mam Triban is a new group seeking funding to meet up in Aberystwyth Arts Centr every fortnight, membership is 26 pounds for the year, this includes 2 hours free childcare for workshops, talks and an exhibition. You can find out more at nad find us on Facebook

To focus on finding solutions to the barriers facing mothers who are also artists to help us build and combine our role as mothers with our artistic practice.
Build a network for communication and sharing online and off.
Create a local and international community.
To learn from each other, support each other.
Help reduce isolation and depression.
Empowering mothers and help build their resilience as an artist mother.
Develop new skills by learning from peers and inspirational speakers and workshops
Create a free tool kit.

Thank you for reading merry Christmas/ or solstice and a happy new year. Joanna 



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.