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Stephen Bird Industrial Sabotage – Phase 3

Industrial Sabotage – Phase 3 I began my Industrial Sabotage series in 2006 as part of an exhibition and research at the Potteries Museum Stoke-on-Trent. I use the term Industrial Sabotage to explain how I have re-interpreted the tradition of mass produced ornament ceramics made in Stoke-on-Trent in the 18th and 19th centuries. Initially I looked at the emotional aspects of the figurines and then went on to explore political messages, prohibition and violence as a way of using ceramics to comment on sensitive current issues. In the last phase of Industrial Sabotage I am looking at the irrational, the absurd and the ridiculous, and trying to drive my work towards some kind of disconcerting hiatus in order to re-examine the figurine, the figurative vessel, its context and its contemporary significance. Stephen Bird, 2010 The Scottish Gallery is delighted to host his third solo show in the gallery.

Cover: 1 What is He Doing in There?










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List of works Illustrated works 1 What is He Doing in There? 2 Smoking Toby 3 Self as Toby Jug 4 Love Cup 5 Twin Toby 6 A Darker Heartlessness Too 7 Yellow Boxer 8 Blunder Buster Plate 9 William Tell Plate 10 Studio Saint Peters etching 11 Jumpers at Wattamolla etching 12 Kangaroos at Erlanda Point etching 13 How We Live in the Suburbs 14 Dragon Toby 15 Cheese Grater Teapot 16 Camel 17 Round Plate with Man

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Images of non illustrated works available on request


Stephen Bird was born in Stoke-on-Trent, 1964. He divides his time between Sydney, Australia and Dundee, Scotland. He lectures at the National Art School Sydney. He studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, followed by post graduate studies at Cyprus Art College. He has made ceramics and sculpture since the early 1990’s and his work is exhibited internationally. Public Collections include National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen The McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum Paisley Art Gallery and Museum, Paisley Artbank Australia


Stephen Bird Industrial Sabotage – Phase 3 2 – 30 June 2010 Private View 1 June 6.30 – 8.30pm Tea, coffee and shortbread from 11.30am – 2pm Saturday 5 June


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