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.
Team Artrix visited us on Monday for a pottery team build and a spot of lunch.
The morning was divided into collaborative and individual clay work – the afternoon, fuelled by Potter’s Wheel fun and games.
Follow the link to see more photos from the day’s creative endeavours.
A heartfelt congratulations to The Princes Trust as it celebrates 40 years of helping disadvantaged young people in a myriad of different ways.
When Sarah and myself graduated in 1992 we were given tremendous support and financial assistance to help kick start our businesses.
A generous setting-up grant from The Princes Youth Business Trust enabled us to purchase a brand new kiln and a couple of Shimpo potter’s wheels at a time when we had very little resources. In fact, we would never have been able to make the kind of impact we did at such an early point in our careers without the help of the Trust.
Thank you HRH, we are big fans!
Artist and occasional visitor to E.P Central, Alan creates wonderful quirky sculptures from found objects and assembled driftwood. Over the past few months, he has modelled a range of clay figures to incorporate in his artwork. We love what Alan does – no ceiling to his imagination and playful creativity. So much so, we’ve dedicated this small FB photo album to his work. Enjoy!