Joanna Bird Foundation / Our Projects

‘Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture’ Symposium

Held at Somerset House, London in 2013, this symposium was the culmination of the touring exhibition, chaired by Glenn Adamson. The distinguished speakers included Eric Parry, Dr Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński, Joanna Bird, Suzanne Lovell and Jeremy Theophilus.

The symposium was well attended by architects, curators, artists, makers, collectors, designers, and writer. The evening rounded off with a reception at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Marking the line: Ceramics and Architecture featured four ceramic artists, Christie Brown, Carina Ciscato, Nicholas Rena and Clare Twomey in response to the life and work of Sir John Soane.


Eric Parry RA, Director, Eric Parry Architects

Suzanne Lovell, Principal, Suzanne Lovell Inc.

Dr Jerzy Kierkuć-Bieliński, Exhibitions Curator, Sir John Soane’s Museum

Jan Tichelaar, Director, Royal Tichelaar Makkum

Joanna Bird, Curator, Director, Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections

Eliza Gluckman, Contemporary Art Curator

Jeremy Theophilus, Curator, British Ceramics Biennial


Chair: Glenn Adamson, Head of Research, V&A


The themes presented and discussed at the symposium were:

  • Contemporary ceramic installations in historic architectural settings
  • Ceramics and architecture: what relevance is there for collectors, curators, makers and museums today?
  • Where do ceramics fit into the wider field of the arts? How does place and historical reference affect both work and audiences?
  • How do different historic contexts throw new light onto installations?
  • How can design factories, artists and architects explore artistic collaboration?
  • What is the future for crossover of architecture, interior design and ceramics?