Jon Williams Pottery

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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.

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.

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!

Andy’s apple leaf

Clay and forged bronze in fruity sculptureGreat to be working with Artist Blacksmith & Master Craftsman Andrew Findlay again. Just look at this amazing bronze leaf & stalk made in Eastnor Forge down the end of the lane. QUALITY!

Bronze is perfect for conducting electrical current so when the leaf is touched it will be easy to complete a circuit and make ‘something happen’….exciting stuff!

Apple keyboard and Cider meeting

Clay apple prototypes for Hereford Cider Museum art installation.Brilliant day at the Cider Museum in Hereford yesterday. Margaret and her staff have been so accommodating and generous with their time, expertise and Museum artifacts.

I took the opportunity to show her some oversized clay apple prototypes, which, if all goes to plan will become an interactive keyboard for visitors to touch – each apple emitting a different note.

Coningsby Museum

Interactive art installation to reside in the fire place at Coningsby Museum HerefordHad a brilliant meeting with John at Coningsby Museum (the place with a skeleton under the floor) to decide exactly where the art work would be installed. He’s only gone and offered me the giant fireplace in the main room of the Museum!!

I’m awash with creative solutions to best fill the space, just a case of distilling some of them into prototypes.

Burnt work

terracotta musical jugs designed to be filled with water to tune themOur kilns are over 20 years old and like second hand cars, need more and more TLC as the years go by.

Our kiln ‘doctor’, Mr Glyn Tilley, drives up from Abergavenny especialy to service our kilns. It’s always a pleasure to see Glyn, but his visits are becoming increasingly regular.

At the moment kiln no 2 seems to be overfiring at the bottom and burning our ceramics to a cinder. Just look at the colour difference of these two jug shapes. The one on the left was at the top of the firing and the darker one at the bottom of the pack. Grrrrr!