Taupo based glass artist Chris Jones has a strong eye for design and produces a range of pieces, often vibrant in colour and bold in pattern, with a sophisticated sensibility for form and function.
Born in the UK, Chris Jones’ trained in England and developed his skills working at the renown Neil Wilkin Studios in Frome where he had the opportunity to work on pieces for some of Europe’s finest glass makers. Jones moved to New Zealand in 2004 and this allowed him to concentrate on his own studio practice more and spend time defining what has become his own style.
Alongside a strong use of colour and design, Chris Jones work is well known for his use of the Graal technique. This is a glass blowing method developed in Sweden in the 1990’s, where by a design is carved, engraved or etched onto a small glass bubble ‘blank’, which is then reheated and cased in one or more layers of glass (often varied colours), before it is inflated to full size. Jones’ uses this technique to create layered works, such as his large vase forms, with dynamic patterns and depths of colour.
Jones is a passionate full-time maker whose work is represented by galleries throughout New Zealand and held in private collections both here and abroad.