Jon was born in 1969 and as a child loved drawing and messing about with clay in the garden. At the age of 15 he encountered the head of his local art-school and in a blinding revelation, realised that ‘art’ could be a job!. He studied in Swindon & then Bath, his experience culminating in a 1st class degree in ceramics and 3d design. Whilst at Art School he met his future wife and fellow potter Sarah Monk and in 1994 the pair moved to Herefordshire and founded Eastnor Pottery.
Current practice includes delivering clay workshops to the Arts, Education and Business. As well as working with groups and individuals at his studio, Jon travels all over the West Midlands and beyond working with people, all ages and abilities, exploring and developing their creativity via the medium of clay. He regularly works in early years settings, schools, children’s centres, libraries, art galleries, businesses and with prominent organisations.
He is an experienced exponent of the potter’s wheel, using the technique in both his social engagement practice and personal work. His one of ceramics and clay interventions have been exhibited extensively in the U.K and abroad
I have always regarded myself as a maker, although my definition of ‘making’ has evolved along with my practice. Earlier in my career I made ‘objects’ concerned with commercial commodity. More recently, my ‘art’ is about relationships. Each year, in my capacity as the ‘Flying Potter’, I visit approximately 40 schools and community settings in and around the West Midlands. I work with participants, all ages and abilities, offering experiential learning opportunities and developing creativity via the medium of clay.
I still aspire to make beautiful objects, but beautiful objects that explore the contribution of art and making on society and the wider world. I am currently excited by and engaged in finding interesting and innovative ways to merge my social engagement practice with my own ceramic vocabulary.
- 1989-1992 Bath College of Higher Education BA Hons in Ceramics and 3D Design (First Class)
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROJECTS
- 2012 Moonbeams3, MAC Birmingham, Y-Art, Herefordshire Council & Youth Service, Sky Arts Den, Cheltenham & Bath Literature Festivals
- 2011 Muddy mountains, Madley Primary School Herefordshire, creative partnerships project. St Thomas Children’s Centre, Birmingham. Washwood Heath Nursery, Birmingham. Brearley & Teviot Nursery, Birmingham.
- 2008-10 Hay Festival of Literature, Hay-on-Wye. Solihull Library Service, West Midlands. Eastnor Castle, Hfds. Evesham Nursery, Worcs. Three Counties Agricultural Society, Malvern, Worcs.
- 2005 -2007 Beaufort Special School, Creative Partnerships project, Birmingham
- 2005 Treasure Boxes, St Thomas Early Years Centre & Craftspace Touring Project, Birmingham. Vale of Evesham Special School, Worcs.
- 1996 – 2012 Work with approx 40 schools, early years and community settings a year, in and beyond the West Midlands.
- 2003 – 2012 Delivered ‘Flying Potter’ training & development workshops. Clients include: MOD, SC Johnson, Unilever, Campbells, Nat West, ICI. Carlsberg and BT.
- 1993 – 2012 Exhibited extensively through-out the UK and abroad, taking part in major touring exhibitions. Venues including the V&A Museum and Crafts Council Gallery London.
- 2012 Sensational Clay Tullie House Art Gallery & Museum
- 2012 Sensational Clay New Brewery Arts Cirencester
- 2011 Sensational Clay Bilston Craft Gallery Wolverhampton
- 2010 Discovery Pots – Courtyard Theatre Hereford
- 1998 The Oxford Gallery 1997 The Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
- 1997 The New Ashgate Gallery Farnham
- 1993 – 2005 Represented by selected galleries including Adrian Sassoon, London. Beaux Arts, Bath and Roger Billcliff, Glasgow.
GRANTS & AWARDS
- 2011 Grants for the Arts award – Arts Council England
- 2008 Feasibility Grant – Birmingham City Council
- 2007 Grants for the Arts award – Arts Council England
- 2003 Innovation & Development award – Herefordshire council
- 1994 Crafts Council setting up award
- 1993 PYBT business start-up grant
- 1994 – 2005 Exhibited at numerous shows and events including Chelsea Crafts Fair London, Art in Action Oxford, Artisan Edinburgh, Earth & Fire Rufford, Country Living Show London and Art in Clay Hatfield.
- 2010 Contributor to ‘Making Value: Craft and the economic and social contribution of makers’ A report published by the Crafts Council
- 2010 Maker ambassador at Assemble – The Crafts Council Conference London
- 2007/08 Leading Edge Practitioners Network – Creative Partnerships & Birmingham City Council.
- 1995 – 2011 Professional member CPA