“It is freedom that is the mother of all creativity. The great variety and variation found in miscellaneous things is an accurate reflection of this fact. Contrived artificiality does not produce such variety, but rather shackles it. The moment everything is left in the hands of nature is the astonishing moment when creativity begins. Contrived technique can not give rise to that feeling of freedom; neither can it give birth to such variation. This is not a meaningless cycle not mere duplication. Each piece is the beginning of a new world fresh and vivid.”
— SOETSU YANAGI
This sentence by Japanese craftsman Soetsu Yanagi from the 1920’s perfectly describes what Matt hopes to achieve in his work. It’s taken him a long time and quite a few pots to create a form and finish that is not a meaningless cycle or mere duplication but has a life and spirit of its own. As Matt creates each piece he aims to capture the essence of this statement in his work.
Meet the Team
In 2005, Matthew’s journey led him to achieve a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from university. As a fresh graduate, he recognized a unique opportunity to embark on an entrepreneurial path and founded his own business, which he aptly named ‘Ave A Go Ceramics.’
Ave A Go Ceramics quickly established itself as a trusted provider of high-quality ceramic and art-based workshops throughout South Wales. Matthew’s focus was not solely on teaching artistic techniques but, more importantly, on fostering a deep connection with individuals, businesses, and organizations from diverse backgrounds. By nurturing meaningful relationships, Matthew aimed to share the joy of art and creativity with people of all ages.
In 2017, ‘Ave A Go Ceramics’ evolved into Matthew Jones Ceramics, representing a natural progression and a testament to Matthew’s growth as an artist and entrepreneur. From his studio in Blackwood, Matthew crafts exquisite thrown tableware, meticulously designed for food service and preparation. His creations are distinguished by their unique glazes and finishes, showcasing his distinctive style.
In addition to his functional tableware, Matthew also delves into the realm of gallery pieces. Inspired by the rich heritage of British studio pottery and Oriental ceramic traditions, he skillfully creates collectible works of art that captivate the senses and evoke a profound appreciation for craftsmanship.
Matthew’s recent accomplishments can be attributed to his collaborative spirit. By joining forces with like-minded creatives, businesses, and individuals, he has cultivated a vibrant community that shares his passion. This collaborative approach has not only propelled his artistic growth but has also allowed him to discover the true essence of his work—the “Why” behind his artistic journey.
At Matthew Jones Ceramics, you can expect exceptional craftsmanship, unique designs, and a genuine commitment to connecting through art. Whether you’re seeking a beautiful piece for your table or an extraordinary artwork to adorn your space, Matthew’s creations are infused with passion, skill, and a deep-rooted sense of purpose.
I joined Matt and the team last year (2021). With a growing demand for Matt’s work, my role is to help with the production side of the business. Throwing the pots or forming the clay on the potters wheel. I have worked as a potter, mainly as a production thrower, for over 25 years.
I share my time between working with Matt and working on my own wares. Producing a range of functional earthenware pottery that is inspired by but not bound to traditional slipware, medieval and country pottery. Predominantly handthrown but also using slab and mould techniques.
Li Ming joined the team in the summer of 2022. Having worked as a dental nurse for a number of years she was looking for a new challenge and one with a creative edge. Li Ming’s warm methodical approch, hard work and willingness to learn new skills has brought a fresh new feeing to the studio.