Back in the depths of Winter Jon was approached by Creative Black Country to contribute a work of art for a field of ceramic flowers, being ‘grown’ by community groups in West Bromwich and the surrounding area.
He submitted several ideas, but the one that really captured the imagination of CBC was a swarm of touch sensitive ceramic bees that buzzed when handled.
Jon’s practice is interactive and playful and the more layers of engagement the better. FAB LAB were the technology collaborators on this occasion with the outstanding problem solving capabilities of Anne Scrimshaw playing a huge part in the project.
The bees are a development of his work on the Random String project with Ludicrooms and a more recent collaboration with creative technologist Ashley James Brown.
The bees were also featured on BBC Midlands today.
Craftspace is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Made in the Middle, an exhibition event celebrating emerging and established contemporary craft makers across the Midlands.
The exhibition which began life as the ‘West Midlands Crafts Open’ in 1998 and 1991, has been a constant element in Craftspace’s programme across these 30 years.
Some makers have taken part once, some several times. Jon Williams has been selected a couple of times to take part and has played a role in delivering the social engagement programme connected with the exhibitions.
In the lead up to the eighth Made in the Middle, to take place at the end of 2016, Craftspace has launched a website dedicated to the history of MITM and the people involved in it.
Here’s Jons page from 30 years – 30 makers
Jon also gets a mention in the introductory essay by Louise Taylor, linking to a short video of his work.
It’s that time again for all the schools in Worcestershire to exhibit and take pride in all their creative exploits from the academic year.
Voices and visions 2016 takes place at Worcester Cathedral for the next three weeks and show cases all the artistic talent from the county’s schools and colleges.
We are proud to have partnered at least two Worcestershire Schools represented at this year’s show.
In April we worked with Holyoaks First School, Redditch and Bengeworth Academy, Evesham to help them realize some fantastic clay and ceramic art works.
We produced a couple of collaborative oak tree wall panels with Holyoaks with every child in the school making and painting a clay leaf.
The school did an excellent job of mounting the tiles on some rather wonderfully painted boards – good work you guys.
Jon worked with YR1 at Bengeworth on a range of collaborative, terracotta dream pots and bottles inspired by Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant. – BFG!
Catch these amazing ceramic masterpieces at the Cathedral from 14th May till 12th June 2016
Brilliant contemporary ceramics exhibition at Wolverhampton City Art Gallery by makers who choose to work on a large scale.
As part of the exhibition launch on Saturday 20th Feb, Jon took x4 potter’s wheels along for visitors to take turns on.
Phew, what a busy day! Punter’s were queuing up around the block and Jon and his intrepid team of undergraduates from Wolverhampton Uni potted on through lunch to ensure everybody who wanted to sample the delights of the potter’s wheel did so.
Once again, Jon Williams (the flying potter) has been in the local news. The most recent article in the Hereford Times looked at Jon’s collaboration with three Hereford Museums to produce interactive ceramic artworks for visitors to discover and play.
Details of Jon’s creative journey can be found by visiting his blog.