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potter Sarah Monk placing ceramic birds in the trees of hellens gardens

Eastnor Pottery co-directors Jon Williams and Sarah Monk are exhibiting a collection of their ceramic birds ‘n bugs at Hellen’s Garden Festival

Go see if you can spot them in the undergrowth but hurry hurry hurry, the exhibition closes this Sunday!

potter jon williams leaning over putting ceramic bee on a pole in to the ground of hellens gardens

potter Sarah Monk placing ceramic birds in the trees of hellens gardens

abstract terracotta bees on poles in the ground surround by shrubbery

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed

green white and blue decorated bottles from numbers 1 to 8

These fabulous door numbers were commissioned by Three Choirs Vineyards, for their Deluxe Vineyard View holiday accommodation.

Jon and Sarah combined their creative talents on this one – a collaboration of skill and style.

thrown terracotta bottles lined up and drying in pottery studio

painting brush applying white slip to a hand thrown terracotta bottle

hand thrown terracotta bottles painted with white slip on table

terracotta bottle cut in half being held

inside the halved terracotta bottle

terracotta painted bottles in the kiln before firing with numbers 4, 5 and 6 on them

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed inside the kiln

pottery flying bug made by potter and artist jon williams

a ceramic flying bug made by herefordshire artist jon williams

Jon has a collection of bee and bug shakers for sale at Contemporary Ceramics in London

The gallery is the shop window for the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain (CPA) and exhibits the greatest collectible names in British ceramics alongside the most up and coming artists of today.

Although Jon’s been a professional member of the CPA ever since the start of his career as a maker, this is the first time he’s exhibited in their bi-monthly Rotation programme.

Although the gallery is currently closed during Lockdown, they have developed an amazing and comprehensive online shop featuring the work of 80 makers for sale at any one time.

Check it out!

Amazing photos by @beyondthebeatenpath

 

a details of a bee shaker by ceramic artist jon williamsbee and bug shakers by studio potter jon williamspottery flying bug made by potter and artist jon williams

 

ceramic artist and potter jon williams in his eastnor pottery studio herefordshire

ceramic artist and potter jon williams in his eastnor pottery studio herefordshire potter sarah monk ceramics in her pottery studio eastnor pottery herefordshire

Over the years we’ve collaborated with many talented and creative photographers to document our ceramics and social engagement practice.

Our current go to professional is George Nash AKA Beyond The Beaten Path.

George is communicative, super efficient and fun to work with. Can’t rate his photography and video making highly enough.

Love these ‘artist in the studio’ portraits George took of Sarah and myself a little while ago.

artist and co director at eastnor pottery and the flying potter jon williams

artist and co director at eastnor pottery and the flying potter jon williamsJob Title: Co-Director

Job description: Facilitating experiences (Eastnor Studio and the wider community) and maker of weird interactive pottery stuff.

Q1 What do you like doing when you are not working at the Pottery?

Surfing! but as you need the ocean for this I’ll settle for spin class, writing and mowing the lawn.

Q2 What is your favourite song of all time and why?

A Forest by The Cure. An incredible sonic journey with endless live versions…also, nothing was ever quite the same after hearing it for the first time.

Q3 What is your favourite drink?

A bottle of Tribute

Q4 What is your favourite cheese?

Stilton

Q5 How many pairs of shoes do you own?

6, but rarely stray from my Air Force 1’s handed up from my son!

Q6 If you were an animal what would it be?

A barn owl