We're so honoured to have been able to collaborate with Matthew Jones on our recent Botanical Posy and Ceramic Vase Duo launch, a partnership we have been so excited to reveal to you all.
We wanted to find a British ceramicist who was passionate about creating beautiful, high-quality and timeless pieces and Matt and his creations fit the bill perfectly and lucky for us, he's just round the corner!
We'd like to introduce Matt to you all, so carry on reading to find out more about Matthew Jones and his stunning creations.
Born and raised in South Wales, Matthew left school at 16.
Despite struggling with dyslexia, he didn’t let this deter him as Matthew went on to attend the local art collage at Pontypridd. Matthew finally found his feet and excelled in this area.
Being inspired by his ceramic tutors Matthew went on to achieve a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Cardiff Met) in 2005.
As a new graduate Matthew saw an opportunity to start his own business which he called ‘Ave A Go Ceramics. The core of the business was delivering high quality ceramic and art based workshops to a wide range of individuals, businesses and organisations through out South Wales.
With an emphasis on connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds through the joy of art and creativity by building long lasting meaningful relationships.
Building on the success ‘Ave A Go Ceramics, the business evolved into Matthew Jones Ceramics in 2017.
Working out of his studio in Blackwood, Matt has now developed a selection of thrown tableware, for food service and preparation using his own distinctive glazes and finishes.
Matt also creates collectable gallery pieces influenced by our heritage of British studio pottery and Oriental ceramic traditions.
“It is freedom that is the mother of all creativity. The great variety and variation found in miscellaneous things is an accurate reflection of this fact. Contrived artificiality does not produce such variety, but rather shackles it. The moment everything is left in the hands of nature is the astonishing moment when creativity begins. Contrived technique can not give rise to that feeling of freedom; neither can it give birth to such variation. This is not a meaningless cycle not mere duplication. Each piece is the beginning of a new world fresh and vivid.”
— SOETSU YANAGI