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Giant mini-beast invasion

Look out! there’s something lurking in the rhubarb patch at Kingham Lodge.

terracotta caterpilla mad by oxforshire primary school children

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:

Bledington

Leafield

Great Rollright

Ducklington

Kitebrook

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.

collaborative terracotta bee and snail made by oxfordshire primary school children collaborative terracotta mini-beasts made by Oxfordshire primary schools

School Sculpture at Kingham Lodge

We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Sculpture at Kingham Lodge in Oxfordshire.

Over the past few weeks, Jon has had the opportunity to collaborate with schools local to Kingham, working with staff and children to make a range of collaborative terracotta sculptures.

The pieces are destined to be exhibited alongside professional sculptures created by renowned artists in the beautiful gardens at Kingham Lodge. The show opens 5th – 13th May 2018.

Black Country electro bees

Jon Williams' finished clay bees made for Creative Black Country

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.

Jon showing how to throw a bee on the Potter's Wheel   Jon Williams being interviewed for BBC Midlands Today   Satnam Rana learning to throw on the Potter's Wheel at EP Central

30 years of Made in The Middle

Sonic apples made by Jon Williams from Eastnor Pottery and exhibited in The Cider Museum in Hereford. photo by Kirsty Pye

Ceramic Apples made by Jon Williams 2015

Jon Williams of Eastnor Pottery made ceramic sonic apples for cider museum

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Ceramics!

Ceramic people shapes looking like Autumn leaves

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.

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