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.
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
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
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 www.joannabond.co.uk. 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 email@example.com or call me on 07966897393 to let me know.
Stories On Tiles – Penparcau hub Aberystwyth
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 www.mamtriban.com 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