Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog

Our Blog Has Moved !

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on November 7, 2011

Studio Life is now part of our ‘Beautiful Bowl’ web site. Find it here:-

If you subscribe to the blog or visit us regulary, you will find all our latest news and updates on the blog within the site, it is identical to the existing blog but travels back in time further, as far as 2003.

The site has had a refresh and you may notice a few subtle changes,  new pieces and designs will be added online next spring.

Thank you for all the comments and visits to our blog… look forward to hearing from you on the other site !



Studio Exhibition October – Graal Goblets

Posted in Craft Thoughts, Exhibitions, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on October 5, 2011

The Studio Exhibiiton opens to the public on 24th October. (PV 23rd)

‘Graal’ is the Swedish for grail and derives from the mediaeval Latin for ‘gradalis’ meaning bowl or chalice.

Developed in 1916, by the master glassmakers at Orrefors, it is still one of the most technically
challenging of all hot glass techniques.
An overlay is made, cooled, decorated with engraving and sand carving, reheated, picked up on the blowing iron and made into a goblet. We will be making these generously sized white & clear
goblets with new complex patterns.

Below images of the second stage of the process the pick up through to making.

Overlay and embryo making to come soon.


Embryos in the kiln ready for pick up

On the Blowing Iron

Heating in to smooth the textured sand engraving

Marvering the embryo

Air blown into embryo

Stem Foot & Punty added

Almost finished

Into the Lehr to cool overnight.

The Pheasant Harome / Talk on 22nd September

Posted in Rosedale the locale, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on September 9, 2011

Thursday 22 September 2011
‘The Glass Age’ Presentation by Kate Jones of  Gillies Jones with Lunch, from 11.30am.

Kate Jones of the acclaimed Gillies Jones Glass, whose pieces are now displayed in numerous museums including the V&A , explores the beauty and creativity of blown glass. With an eye to the history of this industry which has paid a part in the history of Rosedale for the past 400 years, initially illegally(!),
Kate will explain the basic glass-making process and its uses, both utilitarian and decorative.
£30 per person, including arrival drink, two-course lunch and coffee.

Book directly through the Pheasant Hotel

Telephone 01439 771241

For More details look Here under Events for the PDF.

Recent Review of the Pheasant in the Guardian HERE

York Art Workers, Lecture Tonight

Posted in Studio Stuff, Travels by Kate Jones on September 5, 2011

Giving a lecture tonight in York for York Art Workers.

Meetings are held at Jacob’s Well, Trinity Lane, Micklegate, at 7:30 on the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise stated.
Admision: members £2, non members £5.

Find details under programme.

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Ryedale Artfest 2011

Posted in Rosedale the locale, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on September 4, 2011

Ryedale ArtFest is an exciting new showcase for Ryedale’s artistic talent. A host of artists, craftsmen, galleries and studios will be holding exhibitions and displays across the district during September and October 2011. Exhibitions will feature new work, on show and for sale in participating galleries and in the artists’ own studios.

You can visit our studio as part of this event.

For more info follow this link

Calla Lillies in Flower Bomb

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on August 24, 2011

Flower Bomb Vase, always good to find new ways to display flowers in these vases. These were flowers whose stems had failed, so they were no longer suitable for the tall Root Vases, but perfect for and still beautiful in a flower bomb.

Tempted to ask for images of what you put in yours?

Travelers Return

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on August 17, 2011

Two Ubiquitous Bowls Come Home !

These two have been on loan in Australia since 2002. Very pleased to welcome them home. Reminiscent of the piece we have in the Fitzwilliam permanent collection from about the same time, that piece too is all about ‘Beauty’ than function.

Flower Bomb !

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on August 10, 2011

Gillies Jones / Face Book

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on August 8, 2011

Its a brave new world.

Just begun a Face Book page for Gillies Jones today.

Used an image of an Aesculus we made earlier this year for a special commission.  I did not want to part with this one and the image taken in the pure sunlight at the end of the day in the studio, really showed the depth of colour and beauty of the piece. Pleased it has gone to a good home for what was a special occasion. Thank you.

Recent Commission

Posted in New Work, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on August 3, 2011

Recently completed a special commission for a special anniversary. Don’t often make plates these days. Pleased with this one. Thank you Cathryn & Steve.

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