January 18, 2016
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.
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.
An image from Jono’s Instagram of his archive of tile samples.
Meticulous and methodical records of tile tests.
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.
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.
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.
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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