Jon Williams Pottery

Archive for 29 May 2015

Congratulations Ash!

Ashley James BrownWhen he’s not wiring up oversized ceramic apples or lighting strange brick clay cooking pots here at Eastnor Pottery, digital and creative maestro Ashley Brown gets to work on some pretty amazing projects.

He is currently Artist in Residence at Pervasive Media at the Watershed in Bristol having successfully applied for the post earlier this year.

Catch up with what he’s up to by visiting his blog.

Fire in the belly

Xylophone cooking pots destined for Coningsby Museum in Hereford by ceramic artist Jon WilliamsBrilliant day today with Ash introducing tech and LED lights into the cooking pots.

Here’s a wee video clip of the xylophone in action.

Smoking fire pots

Xylophone sound pots by artist potter Jon WilliamsThe last time I smoked fired some pottery, it was with a load of excited 4 yr olds from Evesham Nursery School at their amazing Forest School site in Worcestershire.

It was great to re-visit the technique here at the Pottery and marvel at the way the smoke draws and designs across the brick clay surface.

These terracotta beauties will form part of the xylophone extravaganza destined for Coningsby Medieval Museum in Hereford.

Tech stuffed apples

Ceramic and digital musical collaborationSpent an inspiring day yesterday working with electronic wizard and creative Ash Brown installing technical gubbings into ceramic apples destined for the Cider Museum.

When you touch one of the bronze leaves, a note is emitted. You can play ’10 green bottles’ if you trigger the apples in the correct sequence. I cant profess to properly understanding how it all works – but it just does – beautifully!

digital electronics for ceramic apples interactive art installation

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!