About the Artist:
Clay from the Toronto area is shipped to the pottery studio of Dawn and John Jones, where it is cleaned and prepared for use as a slip glaze that fires a natural yellow with hard-wearing qualities. This native clay is also used extensively in our felspathic glazes that are fired to 2285 degrees Fahrenheit.
The stoneware is individually thrown on the potter's wheel, to which on certain pieces Dawn adds a touch of hand decoration in her free-pattern painting of abstract designs. John’s wood-turning, using Canadian walnut with its characteristic dark graining, offers a unique combination of lids and handles made to fit each individual pot.
This Mid-Century ewer was handmade and signed in October 1969 by Canadian potters John and Dawn Jones from Whitby, Ontario. In this machine-age world, handmade pottery is a great rarity. Each piece created by Mr. and Mrs. Jones is individually fashioned, mostly on the potter’s wheel, and the marks of the craftsman’s fingers often remain visible in the finished ware. Unlike molded pottery, no two pieces are identical, and it takes great skill to produce sets of bowls, mugs, or dishes that look alike. Generally speaking, it takes about two weeks for a piece of pottery to be completed, as each piece must be dried, fired, then glazed and fired again. In spite of this long and exacting process, handmade pottery such as this ewer is often no more expensive than fine china made by machine. To the discriminating purchaser, however, pottery made by an artist-craftsman offers a distinctive touch of warmth, individuality and beauty.
The beige background streaked with thick, dark brown striations and the bent goose-neck shape of this marvelous ewer add eye-catching dimension to the piece. If vintage artisan-made pottery is something you love to have or collect, then add this stunning Mid-Century ewer to your collection. Ewer comes with its original informational tag.