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Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections

Joanna Bird shows exceptional work from international ceramic, glass and conceptual artists.

These represent a spectrum from traditional to cutting-edge contemporary. New directions from the artists provide exciting opportunities for collectors to acquire important works. Joanna Bird also specialises in facilitating 
site-specific installations and one-off pieces. 

Halima Cassell Entwine, 2016 H36×W30×D30 cm Porcelain  Photo: Todd White

Born in 1975 in Pakistan, brought up in Manchester and now living in Blackburn, Lancashire, Halima’s varied, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work. A natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Halima carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002. Fusing her Asian roots with a fascination for African pattern work and a passion for architectural geometry, Halima’s work is intense yet playful, structured, yet creative; substantial yet dynamic and invariably compelling in its originality. Combining strong geometric elements with recurrent patterns and architectural principles, Halima’s work utilises definite lines and dramatic angles in an attempt to manifest the universal language of number and create an unsettling sense of movement. Halima concentrates on simple forms as the basis of her work in order to maximise the impact of the complex surface patterns in combination with heavily contrasting contours. This approach provides her with the tools to create the compelling drama and playful dynamism that characterises her work.

Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections has kindly donated work to the Crafts Council Benefit Auction.