Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog

New Work / Ryedale Folk Museum

Posted in Craft Thoughts, Exhibitions by Kate Jones on June 17, 2009

The exhibition at the Contemporary Gallery at Ryedale Folk Museum looms large. The show opens on 8th August and runs through to 11th October .

‘Vessel, bounded space’… its still a working title

The show will have a catalogue which will be presented at the end of the exhibition.

Will blog more later, but we are making new work and developing the forms and  content of our work. A thank you to the Arts Council for the funding which enables us to take the time to do so and Andrew Dalton for the invitation to show.

The jist of show is  we use the  blown glass vessel, as metaphorical containers for our thoughts, our interests, and as a way to reveal the possibilities of our shared world.

Also, really like the context. Here we are makers on a post industrial island, showing work within a museum, where 85% of the objects were made by people. Objects that were made to last, time taken, thought given, materials conserved and considered…  by necessity. Hmmmm.


Posted in Rosedale the locale by Kate Jones on June 12, 2009

A fine day for a walk. Buttercups everywhere, foxgloves coming into bloom and an encounter with a  very bold stoat.

Beautiful dappled light on the two hills and a fine view of the dale from the craggs on Northdale.

unmistakably Rosedale

The Teeming pond

Posted in Rosedale the locale by Kate Jones on June 9, 2009

Took a stroll with the kids down to the pond. Never seen it so full of tadpoles. It looks black around the edges. Just teeming with life. Wonderful.

tads 2

tads 4


Posted in Rosedale the locale by Kate Jones on June 9, 2009

A sudden change in the weather brings in many bees to the warm studio. This one was motionless, but after a good feast, it started to buzz against the window to be let out. Simple things can bring a great sense of satisfaction.

bee good


Posted in Travels by Kate Jones on June 7, 2009

Had a few wonderful days away in Italy, visiting with Christine and Dan. Beautiful overviews looking up and over at mountains, and as ever, stopping to look at details of extraordinary beauty and in this case ingenuity. Lots for the heart and the sketch pad.

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Financial Times/ Glass is making the breakthrough

Posted in Craft Thoughts by Kate Jones on June 7, 2009

Nice piece by Antony Thorncroft in this weeks Collecting section of the Saturday FT.

‘Glass is making the breakthrough’

Saturday June 6 2009

It mentions Dan Klein’s tireless work to support and represent glass, the recent Bonhams auction and a general overview of glass as a collectable art form. A good upbeat optomistic piece especialy from the presepective of a maker.

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