Barnaby Barford on ceramic

04.12.19. Artist’s studio, London

Barnaby Barford is a London-based artist and satirist. He has work in the collections of the V&A, Crafts Council and The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina. He initially came to prominence with a work that often turned the mirror onto contemporary culture.

In this episode he talks about his relationship with the material that brought him to wider attention, ceramic.

However, that’s only the start. Because he also discusses his feeling that he never quite fits in; his fascination with the British class system; why he creates pieces to understand the world around him; his desire to make life difficult for himself; and how his hatred of shopping spawned the extraordinary Tower of Babel installation that wowed crowds at London’s V&A in 2015.

We also hear plenty about his current obsession with the apple and his 2019 show at the David Gill Gallery, MORE MORE MORE. It’s an interview that manages to be both personal and wide-ranging.

Find out more about Barnaby Barford

Barford made his name with satirical porcelain figures such as Private Lives: Stick that on YouTube.

The Tower of Babel at the V&A consisted of 3,000 individual bone china buildings. 

Most recently the artist has developed a profound interest in the apple. This came from his show MORE, MORE, MORE in 2019. All images courtesy of the artist.