Barford spent the early part of his career capturing humorous moments in porcelain. Following the tradition of Hogarth, Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare, with a dark sense of English humour and satire, his porcelain figurines are objects with a long tradition of social propriety that explore and celebrate contemporary life, but which have become jarring or inappropriate.
Porcelain, Earthenware, Enamel Paint H20 x L28 x D58 cm
"Humour is vital to me."B. Barford
Porcelain, Resin, Enamel Paint, Mirror, Wood H90 x L37 x D15 cm
Porcelain, Metal Cage
The idea of creating new sculptures by piecing together old, first started while Barford was a student at London’s Royal College of Art. “It just occurred to me how much waste there is in ceramics. If it’s not perfect, it’s just thrown away. So I started to get interested in the idea of recycling.”
His one-of-a-kind whimsical ceramic sculptures provide a clever way of getting people to look again at something they would have on principle have dismissed, in anew a slightly disrupted way.