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Jono Smart / Devon / Potter / Tableware / Kiln & Potters Wheel
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Producing beautiful tableware of simplistic geometry, Jono Smart is driven by the meticulous exploration of varying textures and colours. Simple yet functional pieces are his focus resulting from his systematic journey through numerous finishing. Jono was previously a brick layer, then a garden designer. Now a fully fledged potter, his converted barn workspace in Devon hosts his equipment that allows him to create and design his work pieces.

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Jono’s process begins with establishing the finishes he wants to create. No easy feat when exploring hundreds of variations of textures and finishes to hypothesize his ambition.

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I work in this way because my ideas start with colour and texture and I allow forms to follow from there.”

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Makers Monday, Jono Smart, Potter, Devon

 

“I tend towards straight lines and simple forms. I feel this gives me freedom to experiment with texture, tone, colour, groups and scale. I gravitate towards white and grey but find unexpected happiness in green and blue.”

 

Jono Smart, Makers Monday, Banton Frameworks

 An image from Jono’s Instagram of his archive of tile samples.

 

Jono Smart, Makers Monday, Banton Frameworks, Eyewear.

 Meticulous and methodical records of tile tests.

 

Jono Smart, Makers Monday 03, Banton Frameworks.

Jono’s network of samples are recorded in an excel document. A library of trials and tribulations.

 

 

Jono’s Devon workshop hosts a simple in and out layout where the clay arrives in its raw form and leaves as his tableware. Jono’s handmade work consists of varying functional pieces such as milk jugs, coffee cups, carafes and water jugs all of which are hand thrown on his potter wheel. To repeatedly make Jonos’ tableware with such consistency requires great skill and focus. It’s within this focus of throwing that many potters joyously lose themselves.

 

Jono Smart, Makers Monday 03, Banton Frameworks.

 

The opening of the kiln can often be a moment mixed with excitement, fear and anticipation. All the effort of throwing and sculpting can easily go wrong in during the firing process.

 

 

“Opening a fired kiln is always a mixture of worry and excitement.”

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Makers Monday 03, Banton Frameworks

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The cleanliness of the forms Jono creates makes room for his self driven unearthing of textures and colours. Whilst being visually and texturally satisfying, Jono’s pieces stretch beyond ornamental purposes.

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“I want to make things that are used every day.  Things that become part of daily routines and rituals. That become part of Sunday morning breakfasts, remind you of a friend, or get placed each night on a bedside table.”

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 Jono Smart, Makers Monday 03, Banton Frameworks

 Jono Smart, Makers Monday 03, Banton Frameworks

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Having sold out of most of his stock over the Christmas period we look forward to Jono's new pieces with anticipation. We very much look forward to keeping in touch with Jono with his intentions of moving up to Glasgow in the near future. Until then, go on over to Jono’s website or check out his feed on Instagram where his documented work is available to view.

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www.jonosmart.co.uk

@jonosmart

 





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