Jon Williams Pottery

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Terracotta plinths

Terracotta bases for oversized ceramic musical applesAlthough the tech ‘fits’ under the apple – it does feel decidedly snug and, as I’ve recently discovered, makes assembly of the whole a bit of a faff.

So, I’ve decided to sit the apples on their very own terracotta plinths. Here’s one with the addition of sound holes for added amplification.

Bone tech!

pottery bone & movement sensor glued in place as a ceramic art installationThe minute motion sensors are glued into the belly of the ceramic bones – as you do!

Electronics supplied by Ashley Brown.

Noels Wonderful Water Park

Anique work bench awaiting crusty rural sound jugs by artist potter Jon WilliamsI met with Noel, the Waterworks Museum’s Director on Monday and as is customary, we finished our meeting with a a stroll around the Waterpark to view progress.

It’s been a long time in the making but the Park full of pumps and pistons is nearing completion.

All the interactive activity stations have been built by the industrious team of volunteers and the final interpretation is being prepared at the printers.

The site officially opens on the 26th July 2015 and hopefully the Potter’s Bench (above) will be primed with Musical jugs and ready for action. Watch this space!

Jack & Jill

jack & Jill nursery rhyme inspiration for ceramic art work in HerefordI have been contemplating short, relevant and instantly recognisable tunes to encourage Museum visitors to interact with the work. Mainly for the interpretation – “See if you can play…..” that kind of thing.

We have 10 green bottles for the Cider Museum, Oranges & Lemons for Coningsby Medeival Museum and I proposed ‘Row row row your boat’ for the waterworks. When I mooted the idea with Museum director Noel and he came back with a much more suitable suggestion – this is what he had to say:

“The nursery rhyme tune we associate with the Museum is Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pale of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.

This rhyme is most especially apt in these circumstances as the rhyme is thought to be an account of King Charles I’s attempt to reform the tax on liquid measures. When Parliament rejected his suggestion, he instead made sure that the volume was reduced on half- and quarter-pints, known as jacks and gills, respectively. This fits perfectly with your pots!”

Couldn’t agree more Noel!

All in a days work

Pottery tools used by Herefordshire Potter Jon Williams for attaching clay decoration to his waresTook this photo of all the tools I had used today. Although I was engaged in just one specific and basic task – attaching clay sprigs to the surface of large thrown pots, when it came to washing down, I was struck by the variety of different utensils employed.

Animal magic

Cow shapped slabs of clay made by potter Jon WilliamsHad a relaxing and rewarding day making animal sprigs to be applied to the surface of some large brick clay pots.

The decoration is intended to illustrate food stuff from the Medieval era and the pots will eventually end up in the St John Medieval Museum installation.

Them bones them bones!

Xylophone made from pottery bones and clay potsExperiments with pottery bones and ceramic sound pots.

St John Medieval Museum has an enigmatic skeleton under the floor boards that visitors can view when a section of the floor is lifted.