Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog

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

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.

Collect / Work in Progress

Posted in Exhibitions, New Work, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on April 22, 2011

Still working on the pieces to finish for Collect. Deadlines !

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Craft Matters

Posted in Craft Thoughts, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on January 8, 2011

Find some inspiring quotes here from Craft Champions about the value of craft and hosted by the Crafts Council.

This is taken f rom the Craft Matters web site. I particularly like what Grayson Perry had to say…. but I would !

Follow the link sand see what else the great and good have to say and how you can participate in Craft Matters by signing up to say why craft matters to you.

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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft fair

Posted in Exhibitions by Kate Jones on October 26, 2010

Visited the show on the opening night which was very well attended. Could have spent a small fortune on much of the work. Congrats to the organisers.

Have a look at the site here

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The Guardian 8th May

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on May 8, 2010

Pleased to have been included in this nice article by Charlotte Abrahams in todays Guardian.

link to read the full piece

Gillies Jones bowl

Gillies Jones bowl. Photograph: James Johnson for the Guardian

Partners in work and life, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones, both 43, make vibrantly coloured, decorative, hand-blown glass bowls and one-off art pieces. Gillies is a glassmaker who blows in hot glass, Jones a painter specialising in glass.

Where do you work? “From a long, redbrick studio in the village of Rosedale Abbey on the North York Moors.”

Describe the pull of the country. “What we do is all about quality of life, and there’s nothing finer than North Yorkshire. All our work is inspired by the local environment – we’ve been here for 15 years, but we’re still constantly amazed by our surroundings.”

How do you make yourself heard? “Technology was just beginning to change when we set up in 1995, and it didn’t take much imagination to see the difference the web would make. At first the website was just a shop window – we did mail order over the phone – and then, in 2007, we set up the shopping site. It has been specially designed for a non-craft audience, so that people who regularly shop online would feel confident to buy one-off pieces. We certainly couldn’t survive the winter without it, because that’s when visitors stop coming to the studio. The web means we can sell all year round.”

What’s the best thing about working here? “Allowing the rhythm of the seasons to dictate the rhythm of our work.”

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SOFA – New York

Posted in Exhibitions by Kate Jones on March 22, 2010

SOFA New York
Long considered the worlds foremost fair for masterworks bridging contemporary decorative, fine art and design.
We will be showing 3 ‘Bounded Space ‘ pieces with Contemporary Applied Arts. They were very well packed for their journey.

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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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