Jon Williams

  • Eastnor Shoot x 240.JPG Musical Jugs, 2015. Eathenware, stoneware and procelain. Photo credit: Kirsty Pye.
  • Eastnor Shoot x 273.JPG Musical Jugs, 2015. Earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Photo credit: Kirsty Pye.
  • Eastnor Shoot x 019.JPG Musical Apples, 2015. Earthenware, bronze and speaker/tech. Photo credit: Kirsty Pye.
  • Eastnor Shoot x 103.JPG Musical Hotpots, 2015. Brick clay, stoneware and LED lights/tech. Photo credit: Kirsty Pye.

What inspires me

A considerable amount of my practice is devoted to working with other people, exploring their creativity, developing self-esteem and promoting well-being.

I find working with the under 5's particularly inspiring – their creativity and imagination knows no ceiling and I'm inspired and excited by their infinite responses to the material. Soft clay is a very accessible medium and all ages and abilities are able to make their mark.

Also a lot of my creations start their life on the potter's wheel. It's a rare occurrence if a day goes by without some sort of interaction with spinning clay.

Making in the Midlands

I feel very connected to the West Midlands and proud to be making in Herefordshire. I am fortunate to work in contrasting environments and enjoy the mix of urban and rural settings. One day I might be working in the centre of Birmingham with families and young people from all cultural backgrounds. The next, I'm making pots in the rural tranquility of my studio on the Eastnor Castle Estate. A diverse, creative and rich existence for sure!

What has changed most about the crafts in the last thirty years

The internet and social media has had a profound effect on contemporary craft. There are so many more opportunities and routes to market compared to when I started making. Now there appears to be no limit to the ingenuity, imagination and opportunity for those choosing to work in the creative industries – this excites me!