Jonathan Cox

Jonathan Cox

Jonathan Cox has always described himelf as “arty” and remembers a painting of his depicting daffodils hanging by the staff-room at school.  He did not catch the pottery bug until his early twenties having trained as a gardener initially.  His mother had some pieces of early twentieth century Art Pottery which inspired him to go to Stoke-on-Trent to study for the BA in multidisciplinary design specialising in ceramics.

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

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

Subsequently he's 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 he moved to Wales. It was a long held ambition to have a home-based workshop studio close to the inspiration of much of his work.  Here in Wales he's 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 he's now taken this range forward with some dramatic lustre and flambé effects.

For more information on Jonathon Cox, go to www.jonathancoxceramics.co.uk

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