Brian Jones

Brian R. Jones grew up in Syracuse, NY and graduated with a BFA from Alfred University in 2001. Jones earned an MFA degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2007. He shows work nationally and has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Jones was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference VI: Celebrate the Object at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in September 2012. In March 2013 he was awarded the Emerging Artist award at the National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Houston, TX. He has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and Massachusetts School of Art and Design. He was a board member of The Studio Potter Journal from 2012-2014 and is the host and producer of the Brian R Jones cast (currently on hiatus), an interview program revolving around artists and their lives. Jones lives in Portland with his wife and two kids (he's a stay-at-home dad, too.) "My current work lies in my interest in the investigation of the transformative character of memories. A remembrance of a time, place, or day serves as the point of departure for contemplation of form, color, and tone. I begin all of my work with drawing (which I define as a visual approximation of an idea), and hold steady to it throughout the process. By doing so I am free to incorporate many different materials into my work; in part because my work is idea driven as it is process motivated. The nature of how the finished work reveals itself over time to an audience is the long echo of that initial reverie. My work is both a reservoir and an initiator of memories." - Brian R. Jones artist statement
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