When I think of bees I think of light and the sun. Their absence is hard to imagine but the light turns to darkness. Black and white seems appropriate to express this terrible contrast and possibility.
Bees are integral to flowers and pollination and perhaps to our survival and are closely interwoven into our culture; they have always been with us and were here before us.
When I was invited to take part in this exhibition - although feeling strongly about the plight of the bee - I wasn't sure that I could accept. My usual method of working is to try to evolve form and surface treatment together with no guiding theme; to use simple abstract or geometric decoration to produce a pot which has some form of movement within itself and resonance with the environment but is also self contained. Now I had to introduce bees which set my head buzzing.
To turn this theme into some form of far removed abstract design meant losing sight of the bee. When people first began to shape clay into simple bowls and pots bees were going about their business pollinating flowers. I decided finally to try to weave the bee into the form of the pot; to express this kinship with us and the natural world. It has made me think more about the bee, and the design process.
I hope the light will prevail, it would be sad to live in a bee-silent world.
1966-1970 Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London. Dip AD
2009 “Window Artist For September 2009” Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
2008 “James Campbell, Ceri Richards, John Ward”, The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwick
2007 “Summer Exhibition 07”, Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in- Arden, Worcs
“CPA at 50”, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester.
2006 “Collect(2006)”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
2005 “Clay 12”, Woodbury Studio/ Gallery, Exeter.
2004 “John Ward and Chris Carter” Ombersley Gallery, Worcs.
2004 “Focus” exhibition, Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
2003 “My Top 20”, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset.
2001 “New Pots”, Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Cardiff Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Scottish Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Pennsylvania State
Museum of Art, Hamburg Museum, Museum Bellerive, Zurich.
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