Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog


Posted in New Work, Travels by Kate Jones on November 17, 2009

Now in its 7th year, pleased that the annual CHASE event at the RCA went well. Some bigger black and white bowls found good homes. Thank you to Mark Holford for the annual effort to organise the glass and raise funds for such a good cause.

In one evening, up to £100,000 is raised for CHASE which is a children’s hospice in Guildford. They do tremendous work in supporting children who are not expected to reach their 19th birthday. It is entirely privately funded and receives no government support. They have to raise over £2m each year and the Exhibition is one of their key fund raising events..For more info go to

Champagne Bowls

Posted in New Work by Kate Jones on November 17, 2009

Nearly at the end of the edition.

Just sent some of the bowls in different colours down to Contemporary Applied Arts for Christmas. 5 now left in the edition of 50.

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Studio seen in good light

Posted in Rosedale the locale by Kate Jones on November 15, 2009

I mean this quite literally. The strength and menace of the northern clouds as backdrop to  the warmth the southern Autumn sunshine was stunning.

Studio Autumn Light

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Crafts Council / Craft Matters

Posted in Craft Thoughts by Kate Jones on November 14, 2009

Craft Matters

This is the new British Crafts Council initiative to encourage all who have an interest in Crafts in any of it myriad forms, to add their names to the list above at the link to clearly express this.

Rosie Greenlees says in her recent news letter:-

‘Mindful of the run-up to the election, Craft Matters is designed to give everyone who makes or enjoys craft the opportunity to show policy-makers and opinion-formers that craft matters to them. The DCMS’s own Taking Part data tells us that 17% of the population took part in a craft activity in 2008/09. Now, we want to animate that statistic and make it meaningful. Craft Matters is your chance to show that, contrary to the theory that “there are no votes in the arts”, there are thousands of votes in craft alone.”

If you feel inclined please follow the link .

A quick read between the lines and we can all see whats coming for the publically funded Arts & Crafts organisations with either a change of government or the same government.

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Creating a New Craft Culture

Posted in Craft Thoughts by Kate Jones on November 14, 2009

This was the title of the recent American Crafts Council conference.


Some excellent speakers and presentations. Podcasts to be heard at the link. Still waiting for the Garth Clark podcast to load and I am looking forward to it.. Very interesting stuff.


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Woodend – Scarborough

Posted in Craft Thoughts by Kate Jones on November 14, 2009

Visited Woodend yesterday and their gallery space with a view to a future exhibition in collaboration with Tony Bartholomew.

Interesting place, good vibe, lots of energy , and, we learned that Scarborough has been awarded ‘European Capital of Enterprise’, beating over 300 hundred applicants from around Europe !


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1st Saturday November

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on November 2, 2009

November 7th is the last in the series of 1st Saturdays where we make glass between 11am – 3pm and take questions about the process.

and advance warning… we are open by appointment between 1st December 09 and 1st March 2010. We will most likely be at the studio working, as its a quiet creative time for us… you are still welcome to call into the studio, but best phone first as we do go off exploring and to see other exhibitions at this time of year.

gillies jones Stephen Gillies Making a large Bowl copy

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