Jon Williams Pottery

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!

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.

Sounds from the basement…

Arts Council project by Jon Williams recording 10 green bottles at the Cider Museum in HerefordGot myself a digital sound recorder and spent an afternoon deep in the bowels of the Cider Museum attempting to record ’10 green bottles’ on, you guessed it, ten green bottles! So quiet down there in the basement.

Measured to be made

Andrew Findlay measure's giant pottery apples designed by ceramic artist Jon WilliamsArtist blacksmith Andrew Findlay popped in today to measure each of the fired apples for their bespoke bronze core and leaf.

 

Tim’s MDF bases

The list of artists and craftspeople involved in my project seems to be growing by the day!

Have just enlisted the knowledge and skills of furniture designer Mr Timothy Hawkins to make x8 circular bases for my ceramic apples. The disks & apples will then sit in the top of x8 genuine woodern kilderkin cider barrels. It’s going to look so cool!

I’ve driven past Tim’s place on the Ledbury/Hereford Rd so many times without stopping so it was nice to have an excuse to call in – fab gallery filled with lovely stuff & well worth a visit! Website

Granny Smith?

Mmmmmm…..

large granny smith apple made from clay for Hereford Cider Museum