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.
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.
Had a lovely day at Bilston Craft Gallery at their annual garden party event. Not actually working with clay on this occasion but selling exhibits from my hugely successful touring Sensational Clay exhibition.
Steve Edwards a West Midlands basd graffiti artist was also present, adding a vibrant and colourful aspect to proceedings.
I still have a few pieces left if anybody is interested in purchasing a Jon Williams original at a discount price. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
“It sounds like stars – falling from the sky!”