Jon Williams Pottery

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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

10 green bottles…

Experimening with musical notes with partially water filled glass bottles…..hanging on the wall – well, standing on a picnic bench actually!

Managed to get a tune out of x6, just a tad annoyed I didn’t have another two bottles to get the whole range of notes needed for 10 green bottles.

Trial & error…lots of error!

Potter's wheel failed experiments by artist Jon WilliamsI thought it would be a doddle making the final sections for the apples yesterday – how wrong was I!? Even though I have well over 20 years of making things on the potter’s wheel, it took me a couple of hours to suss out the technique without the clay warping and collapsing. New shapes – new ways of working!

Oranges and Lemons

I’ve been sketching bell shapes (upside down cooking pots!) – seem to be a good fit for the Coningsby Medieval museum. I found this little paragraph online:

As both antiquarian and more recent studies have noted, bells played a central role in medieval Christianity. The history and meanings of church bells are more complex than often assumed. Drawing on a mixture of archaeological and textual material, the article demonstrates that a variety of types of bell—and indeed other signaling devices—were found in early medieval Christianity, and argues that the social and spiritual meanings of bells, whilst in some aspects determined by liturgical texts of the eleventh century, could also vary markedly depending upon the context, use, and reception of their sound. A bell calling a community to prayer was thus not simply “marking” the hours; it was summoning and producing the spiritual community, and its voice could be contested and even on occasion rejected!

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement’s.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin’s.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!