I have been blowing glass for over 25 years and over that time I've come to realize a very simple thing, vases are meant for use. Making a vase is not just making another object of home decor, but creating an exquisite frame for flowers. It is an opportunity to engage a dialogue between vase, craftsman, landscape, flower, arranger, and guest. It is a bridge between human built architecture and the natural landscape.
My life as an artist began early with drawing lessons from a small town neighbor and propelled me on a path that lead to a BFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. I've since worked for and with other glass artists and in 2006 took over full ownership of Studio Paran.
When I'm not blowing glass, I try to learn a few things about this world, current obsessions include Ikebana and a lifelong commitment to drawing as meditation.
Jones's life as an artist began early with drawing lessons from a neighbor, which propelled him on a path that led to a BFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. He has since worked for and with other glass artists, and in 2006, he took over full ownership of Studio Paran in Madison, Wisconsin. His work is heavily influenced by East Asian imagery and form.
ENSO / a Japanese term meaning circle, the only symbol used in Zen Buddhism, painted by teachers as a demonstration of their "Buddha Mind". This ongoing series includes both production pieces and one of a kind pieces. Hand blown glass with hot applied silver leaf.
NOBEDAN/ a Japanese term literally translated "stone carpet," this is a term for garden paths, who's design is often a play of cut and natural stone and directs one through the garden not as a means of getting from point a to b, but to enjoyment and contemplation. Just so I am using similar patterns to lead the eye to contemplating the contained floral arrangements.
KIRIHAKU/ is a term in Japanese lacquer ware referring to a pattern of cut leaf (silver and/or gold) which appears scattered across the surface in a spontaneous and irregular way.
ICHIGO ICHIE / is a Japanese term associated with the tea ceremony, meaning "one chance in a lifetime" or "unprecedented, unrepeatable encounter."I have borrowed this term to refer to unique, one of a kind pieces that result from making work without planning or preconception and commitment to not repeating myself. These usually have some hot applied silver design.
FLORA / this series is my investigation of patterns derived from plant life, particularly flowers. Rendered in Silver leaf and foil on vase and bowl forms.Humanities long history of pattern making in these motifs provides me with endless inspiration.