MM 03: Jono Smart
Jono Smart / Glasgow / Potter / Tableware / Kiln & Potters Wheel
Producing beautiful tableware of simplistic geometry, Jono Smart is driven by the meticulous exploration of varying textures and colours.
Simple yet functional pieces are his focus resulting from his systematic journey through numerous finishing. Jono was previously a bricklayer, then a garden designer. Now a fully fledged potter, his studio in Glasgow hosts the equipment that allows him to create and design his incredible, every-day ceramic work pieces.
Jono’s process begins with establishing the finishes he wants to create. No easy feat when exploring hundreds of variations of textures and finishes to hypothesize his ambition.
“I work in this way because my ideas start with colour and texture and I allow forms to follow from there.”
“I tend towards straight lines and simple forms. I feel this gives me the freedom to experiment with texture, tone, colour, groups and scale. I gravitate towards white and grey but find unexpected happiness in green and blue.”
Jono’s Glasgow workshop hosts a simple in and out layout where the clay arrives in its raw form and leaves as his tableware. His work consists of varying functional pieces such as milk jugs, coffee cups, carafes and water jugs all of which are hand thrown on his potter wheel.
To repeatedly make Jonos’ tableware with such consistency requires great skill and focus. It’s within this focus of throwing that many potters joyously lose themselves.
“The opening of the kiln can often be a moment mixed with excitement, fear and anticipation. all the effort of throwing and sculpting can easily go wrong in during the firing process”.
The cleanliness of the forms Jono creates makes room for his self-driven unearthing of textures and colours. Whilst being visually and texturally satisfying, Jono’s pieces stretch beyond ornamental purposes.
“I want to make things that are used every day. Things that become part of daily routines and rituals. That become part of sunday morning breakfasts, remind you of a friend, or get placed each night on a bedside table.”
With three/four shop opening a year, you’ll have to keep track of times and dates if you want a chance to own some of Jono’s work.
Repeatedly selling-out, his shop openings wreak frantic panic buying of the items he so artfully curates his coveted Instagram feed. If you haven’t already, head over to Jono’s website or check out his Instagram using the links below.