The SOFA Wales archive / Archif SOFA Cymru: Christine Jones

Christine Jones - Grey and White Bowls

Ruthin Craft Centre was first represented at SOFA Chicago in 2003, they showed there again in 2004, 2005 and 2006. To date the gallery have shown 21 of Wales’ most accomplished craft makers at the event including Eleri Mills and Walter Keeler at SOFA New York 2012.

We will be profiling some of those makers on the blog and celebrating the wealth of excellence in the makers and designers living and working in Wales today.

Buodd Canolfan Grefft Rhuthun yn cynrychioli gwaith Crefft gorau Cynru yn SOFA Chicago yn gyntaf yn y flwyddyn 2003, ac arddangoswyd eto yn 2004, 2005 a 2006. Mae’r oriel wedi arddangos 21 o wneuthurwyr crefft llwyddiannus yn y digwyddiad gan gynnwys Eleri Mills a Walter Keeler yn SOFA New York 2012.

Mi fyddwn ni’n rhoi proffeil i rhai gwneuthurwyr hynny ar y blog ac yn dathlu’r cyfoethogrwydd yn ngweuthurwyr a dylunwyr gwych sy’n byw ac yn gweithio yng Nghymru heddiw.

Ceramicist, Christine Jones has been represented at SOFA Chicago on three separate occasions. Based in Swansea, Christine makes coiled and refined one-off ceramic vessels; unglazed, using coloured clays with textured surfaces. The distinctive forms and colours of her pieces are highly respected by collectors both in Wales and internationally including The National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

Mae Christine Jones wedi cael ei chymrychioli yn SOFA Chicago ar dri achlysur. Wedi ei lleoli yn Abertawe, mae Christine yn creu llestri cerameg unigryw sydd wedi eu troi mewn coil, gan ddefnyddio clai wedi ei liwio a sydd a gwead ar yr arwyneb. Mae’r ffurfiau a lliwiau gwahanol yn ei gwaith yn ennyn parch mawr gan casglwyr yng Nghymru ac yn rhyngwladol gan gynnwys yr Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru yng Nghaerdydd.

Christine Jones - Vivid Blue Vessels

She says of her own work/Dyweder am ei gwaith ei hun: “Clay is alive and in this respect it is necessary to have a dialogue and relationship with the material. Clay is primary, itself magical in its transformation from soft clay to hard ceramic. The material, the technique of coiling and form are central. The colour, light and space of the coastline of Wales are my inspiration and passion.

Recently, wishing to add another dimension to my work, I spent a year documenting the sky and the ocean. (this was made possible by a Creative Wales award funded by the Arts Council of Wales) Recording the ever changing light and colour has directly influenced the ideas for the new work and prompted my interest in the tradition of pattern. Pattern is fundamental to nature, the essence, a crystallization. Unifying form, colour and pattern are my main focus.”

Christine Jones - Blue Pattern Bowl

Images/Lluniau: Courtesy of Christine Jones – Grey and White Bowls, Vivid Blue Vessels and Blue Pattern bowl

Photographer/Ffotograffydd: Nicola O’Neill

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About Kathryn Campbell

Gallery Assistant at Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen, Wales UK
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