Richard Batterham film at BSAD

MA Ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design is delighted to present a new film by the Joanna Bird Foundation:

Richard Batterham, Master Potter

Monday 22 October | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

BSAD, Sion Hill Lecture Theatre


A discussion between Joanna Bird and filmmaker Alex J. Wright will be chaired by Dr. Conor Wilson, after the screening.

The screening is free to all and there is no need to book.


Richard Batterham DVD poster email

We felt it was imperative to make a film about Richard Batterham – the last of a line; a potter of great distinction. He is a prime example of how one man with due talent, diligence and discipline can achieve a remarkable and successful lifetime’s work making pots which truly enhance life. Our aim for the film was to record Batterham’s philosophy as a legacy which we hope will inform and inspire those who see it.

We think this documentary will be of interest to practicing potters, teachers, collectors, journalists and enthusiasts. We are deeply grateful to Richard and to Alex J. Wright for all the time they have dedicated to the film, as we are to both Sir David Attenborough and Nigel Slater.

Joanna Bird


“This fine documentary is a deep dive into one man’s world of making, and the philosophy behind a life in pottery. The sense of accumulation – of time, of clay, of conviction – is palpable in every shot. We also hear from the magnificent David Attenborough and master chef Nigel Slater (who begins every day with his Batterham breakfast bowl). Their voices remind us that often, the most meaningful things in life are rooted in the everyday, indeed, in the dirt beneath our feet.” 

Glenn Adamson. Senior Research Scholar, Yale Centre of British Art 


Bruce McLean at Sion Hill

Well, it’s been quite a while since Bruce was with us in the summer. A lot has happened since then – we’ve had a brilliant degree show and said goodbye to fourteen very talented makers  and we’ve welcomed a new cohort of students (more on both to come).

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Bruce McLean Conor Wilson Richard Winfield

Main Ceramics workshop, Sion Hill | Tuesday 24 July, from 10:00

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Art Research Centre | Material: Making

A speculative project exploring paths (and aporias) between research in the art school and practice in the art world.

Amongst other things.

The project will involve talking and making and will be performative, but not a performance.

We hope to generate dialogue within the Material: Making group and across the Participant, Pedagogy and Index groups.




The project constitutes a speculative attempt to develop a situated method that combines oral history and collaborative making. Three participants, each coming to the project with their own experience of art and art schools – and their own agendas – open up and document a particular making and teaching environment, within the wider context of ‘the art school’ The workshop becomes a temporal object made of a collection of agents – space, language, the body, material, dialogue and the act of making.

The first stage of the project involved the decoration of three tile panels around and in-between interviews and open-ended dialogue. This was done over two sessions, which lasted for approximately five hours, in total. All speech was recorded and the making process was documented through time lapse photography.

The second stage of the project will involve the production of a transcript and a moving image piece.