Jonathan Chiswell Jones
Jonathan Chiswell Jones has been a professional potter in Sussex, for over 40 years. He is one of a handful of potters worldwide to decorate his work using the ancient Middle Eastern technique of clay paste lustre. This involves mixing small quantities of silver or copper with clay, and painting the mixture on a glazed and fired pot. After firing for a third time, in a kiln starved of oxygen, the clay is wiped away, revealing, if all has gone well, a very fine layer of reflective metal in the glaze. The business of making lustre has been well described by Marjorie Clinton as "Chasing the rainbow".
Jonathan works with Kerry Bosworth who has been making pots with him for over 20 years. They have work in The Asmolean museum, the British museum Granville Room, and in the collection of studio pottery at Horsham museum. Jonathan has sold to collectors through auctions at Bonhams, through exhibitions at The Art Workers' Guild in Bloomsbury and has pots in every continent of the world.
JCJ Pottery also produces a range of domesticware featuring handpainted dragonflies and fish.