Jethro & Paul Jackson & Jonathan Fuller Exhibition.
We are delighted and very lucky to have Jethro Jackson‘s new work in the restaurant again this year. After his recent feature on Countryfile Jethro has been inundated with enquires. Paul Jackson, Jethro’s Father and studio potter will also show a selection of his wonderful pottery. We will also show works by Glass Artist Jonathan Fuller; his Sea Glass Sculptures are made from reclaimed bits of glass off Cornwall’s beaches. Starting march 27th.
A big thank you to all the team at the Margate Gallery for the solo exhibition 17th February to 15th March 2015.
Up From The West group show at Craft, Olympia 11th-13th of January 2015. A great show, fun had by all.
A piece of my work has recently been installed into a Hilton Hotel on the Island of Okinawa, Japan.
Ryukyu glass is one of Okinawa’s artisan specialties, dating back to the Meiji era about a century ago, but a craft that gained momentum post World War II. The island and it’s manufacturing, including a small number of glass makers were devastated during the war. Raw materials such as beer and soft drink bottles discarded on the U.S. military bases were taken by innovative Okinawa craftsmen, melted down and shaped into glasses, vases and dishes. The unique, distinctive appearance stems from the imperfections found in the glass itself. In the 1950s, the U.S. forces found the colorful items so amazing, they commissioned products exclusively for their use on the bases.
Since the war, the Okinawan art of glass-making has been refined and has blossomed into one of the island’s proudest traditions. The local craft now attracts interest among visitors from across Asia and the world with exceptionally skilled pieces selling for thousands of dollars. “Ryukyu-glass” is the craft rooted to Okinawa Prefecture and the idea of rebirth of glass is very similar in concept to my artworks.
Wonderful embroidered doors from the recent graduate shows. For further information go to mjcrafts.tumblr.com.