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Bill Jones: Pottery Gestures

Bill Jones began his pottery career in Asheville at the Penland School of Crafts. He has crafted pots for about six years and 2016 is his first year of selling is own work.

Since selling his pottery, Jones finds the greatest reward to be his work becoming a part of someone’s life. He believes it is a challenge to convey the quality of taking time to enjoy ceramics in this day and age, so he loves it when someone takes the time to enjoy the product.

“After a while I think the rewarding thing is to hear back from somebody who has had this thing in their life for some time,” said Jones. “They have had time to appreciate it because I think that is the kind of time it takes to actually appreciate a pot.”

One of the highlights of Jones’ career is doing a two year apprenticeship with Daniel Johnston from Seagrove.

“I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to do that and to be able to become part of a lineage in the way of a master and apprentice,” said Jones. “That was very rewarding for me.”

All of Jones’ work is functional, ranging from teapots to vases to cups. Art and functionality meet in his work, as he integrates abstract decoration in every piece.

“I am a student of gesture,” Jones wrote on his website. “Marks made in haste, structures quickly erected, abstraction out of necessity. A quick sketch on a cocktail napkin. A drawing on the wall of your cave.

“The marks I make and the forms I construct embody this way of working. There are many attempts and many losses, yet risk imbues each piece with a kinetic, anxious energy. These things function and are meant for daily, rigorous use.”

Jones’ goal for the future is to have his own spot in Greensboro. He is joining the Greensboro studio, Earthworks, and hopes to build a wood kiln and continue to make better work.

Interested in Jones’ work? Visit his website at He is also selling is work at