Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog

Studio Exhibition / Spring Spheres

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on March 14, 2009

Opening Saturday 21st March till Apil 26th

Usual studio hours apply and its the day after the spring equinox, so hope to feel spring in the air.

Making some new spheres new forms and new surface marks. The long winter and the slow return of spring greens has had a direct effect on our new work.

We do have an intimate connection to the seasons, colours and rythums of nature due, to the location of our workplace and home. I  often feel self conscious about the term rural romantacism and some urban negative perceptions of its meaning, especially when it comes to craft and the often romantic notions of craft practice, however,  life here and the intense experiece of the elements is always humbling, very grounding and does not allow me to totally disappear into a fluffy idealistic country life.

Its one thing to commune with nature, and enjoy the colours and forms, its another to step outside to get some logs, when its minus 10 with a wind chill of somehting silly, and really feel a sense of my own mortality in the hands of nature.

I look forward to showing the new work and to your rections.

Image showing some works in progress.


The Design of Prosperity / Simonetta Carbonaro

Posted in Craft Thoughts by Kate Jones on March 12, 2009

Last night, I visited The Arts Club, London to hear Simonetta Carbonaro the Professor of Design Management from the University of Borås in Sweden.

It was a great presentation . If you want to know more visit the conference of 2006 and listen to the speakers in event section.

The Design of Prosperity

The times in which we all live are a changing, we are the ‘Oil People’ and will have to find new solutions to our collective global and local problems. Its good to hear Simonetta’s positive vision, drawn from many years of research and work as a facilitator.

She provided a view which creates a sense of responsibility and empowerment for creative people as to how we can play a constructive role in abandoning the received wisdom and permissive and subversive ideaology of a ‘Bohemia’ ( ref Alain de Botton- Status Anxiety) and engaging with a new form of  consumerism:- excellence and quality not quantity, Simonetta argues this is the the next step on from our evidently ‘failed’ and unsustainable capitalist system.

Craft has a good healthy and very relevant future in this context and that is music to my ears and heart.

the daily aphorism

Posted in Craft Thoughts by Kate Jones on March 6, 2009

Found this through Alain de Botton and the School of Life

you can add to the wisdom too !

daily aphorism

fun, engaging, interesting stuff

Mr de Botton has an interesting perspective worth exploring

South Bank Centre / Acoustic Bowl

Posted in New Work by Kate Jones on March 6, 2009

Good people to work with. Enjoyed the process of designing something just for them. Like the bowls and the new red colour, if I say so myself.

Available from the Royal Festival Hall shop from 17th March.

Acoustic Bowl / Photo Pete Chambers


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Silver Lining

Posted in Rosedale the locale by Kate Jones on March 6, 2009

Just beautiful.

Driving back from the artist Mr Coates’s house. Looking across towards Helmsley. Just a great day grinding glass, trying out new tools and ways of working. Just when the frustration sets in so bad, as whats in my head and on paper will not come thru onto the glass yet… and … well all emotions back into perspective.


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21st March Studio Show

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on March 6, 2009

New forms in Overlay

New forms and surface marks in two colour overlay

Enclosed secretive vessels, is a spring colour theme.

The stark contrast between he extended presence of the pure white  winter snow and the slow return of the fresh spring greens has had a direct effect on our new work.

Look forward to seeing what you think. Join us on Saturday 21st for a look at the 12 new pieces.

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