Jonathan Cox Ceramics

© Jonathan Cox 2016  All Images and text can only be used with permission from the artist

Artist statement

I was always “arty” and remember a painting of mine depicting daffodils hanging by the staff-room at school.  I did not catch the pottery bug until my early twenties having trained as a gardener initially.  My mother had some pieces of early twentieth century Art Pottery which inspired me to go to Stoke-on-Trent to study for the BA in multidisciplinary design specialising in ceramics.

One of the techniques that intrigued me most was tube-lining, and it was through showing some examples to a gallery in Derbyshire that I had my first exhibition.  It was a sell-out and I never looked back.

Those early days were pretty crazy.  I had a small kiln in the kitchen of our little terraced house in Stoke and was in fact dubbed the “kitchen potter” by a local newspaper. I could not keep pace with demand and moved to a workshop nearby having acquired a much larger kiln.

Subsequently I have had a successful career with a mixture of gallery shows and high quality craft fairs including the prestigious Chelsea craft fair and the equally high brow “Art in Action”.

In the mid nineties, it was time for a fresh challenge and we moved to Wales. It was a long held ambition to have a home-based workshop studio close to the inspiration of much of my work.  Here in Wales I have been able to express both a more direct and intuitive response to nature as well as a new found interest in contemporary shapes for the new work.

In the last few years, developments have advanced in several directions.  The “Faceforms” have been an exciting departure from the floral designs attracting interest wherever shown!  Landscapes have also appeared on the new designs often combined with flowers.  Thrown shapes have given way to slab formed picture vases and the matt glazed “paperform” series entitled “Nature Studies” is another new venture in a modern idiom.

Traditional shapes still have a place though, and after a long period of research I have taken this range forward with some dramatic lustre and flambé effects.

History

1996 - present               Permanent studio exhibition

1995                               Moved to West Wales

1984                               Set up workshop in Shelton Enterprise Centre, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent

1980 - 83                       B.A. Hons, Multi-Disciplinary Design, specialising in ceramics, Staffordshire University

1979 - 80                       Art History


Galleries

1984 - 96                       Exhibited my work at a number of galleries including:

                                       Yew Tree Gallery, Ellastone, Derbyshire

                                       Oxford Gallery, Oxford

                                       Aspects Gallery, London

                                       Lowen Gallery, Stoke on Trent

                                       Ladygate Gallery, Beverley, Yorkshire

                                       Audrey Love Gallery, South Manchester

                                       New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey

1988                              Touring Exhibition “Artspace” funded by Midlands Arts, Edgbaston, Birmingham               


Past and present events

                                       Chelsea Crafts Fair, London

                                       Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford

                                       Potfest in the Park, Penrith, Cumbria

                                       Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Herts

                                       Rhosson Gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire

                                       Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

                                       Welsh Ceramics Fair, Tredaegar House, Newport

                                       Ceramica Cymru, Llandeilo

                                       St Davids Gallery, St Davids, Pembrokeshire

                                       Bonhams Ceramic Design Auction, London    

                                       Malicorne potters fair – France

                                       Period Home show – Olympia – London

                                       Homes & Garden show – London

                                       Country Living show – London

                                       Country Living show – Tatton Park – Cheshire

                                       Art Mart – London

                                       Woman & Home show – London

                                       Caerleon Antique Collector’s Club biographical talk


Publications

                                       Homes & Garden

                                       Period Home

                                       Interiors

                                       25 Beautiful homes

                                       Collect it