Look out! there’s something lurking in the rhubarb patch at Kingham Lodge.
These fabulous terracotta creepy crawlies were made by five Oxfordshire primary schools earlier in the year. Jon the Potter was commissioned by Kingham Lodge to co-create the artwork with the children to be exhibited in the Sculpture at Kingham Lodge exhibition He spent a half day in each school working on the collaborative insects.
The schools who took part:
The children’s work can be seen alongside sculpture made by professional artists in the beautiful gardens set in the heart of the Cotswolds. The show runs from Saturday 5th May – Sunday 15th May. Open 10am – 5pm daily.
This rather striking terracotta mammoth was made by Jon the Potter at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery. Families were invited to drop by and help make the ice age beast as part of an exciting year long project called Lost Landscapes of Worcestershire. The project culminates in the summer of 2018 with an exhibition at both the Museum in Forgate Street and The Hive.
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