“My work explores harmony of form and surface in clay vessels. Made through the meditative actions of hand-building and throwing, the works evoke a holding and containing space – feminine forms, often with wide hips and generous bellies. Attention to refinements in foot, belly, shoulder and neck affect the tranquility and balance of form while the lip detail creates the transition between the inner volume and the outer space.
I am perpetually fascinated by the distant echoes of shapes from the past, often produced in matriarchal societies, used for food and for long forgotten ritual and spiritual practices. Thus my work draws on certain sophisticated forms from the European neolithic, alongside more familiar historical wares.
I strive for contrast in tone and texture. Using gritty black clay, silky smooth white and black porcelain, raw surfaces, glazes, slips and smoke-firing.
I view throwing and hand-building as cyclic fluid processes where the end results should retain that essence of movement and growth. Subtle throwing lines, brushed slip and scraping marks spiral up, from centre to rim, emphasising the circularity. Refinements affect the attitude of the finished forms: lively, subdued, hopeful or dignified.”
Ruth Elizabeth Jones
Ruth trained in 3D Design at Bournville College of Art, Birmingham and then in Studio Ceramics at the University of Derby. For many years she produced earthenware tableware, establishing studios in Derby and then Dumfries & Galloway where she has lived since 1999. She has exhibited across the UK since 1990.
Ruth is a passionate educator and has had a long successful career in Further Education and community settings. Teaching hundreds of young and mature students how to work with clay, she has inspired and guided many successful new artists on their creative paths.
She has 2 children and lives and works in a small rural village in Southwest Scotland.