The first time I sat at a pottery wheel I felt at home, It was natural and comfortable. I've been making every day since.

The objects I make feel more like discoveries than designs. I feel very little ownership. Opening a fired kiln is always a mixture of worry and excitement. 

I tend towards straight lines and simple forms. I feel this gives me freedom to experiment with texture, tone, colour, groups and scale. I gravitate towards white and grey but find unexpected happiness in green and blue.

I want to make things that are used every day.  Things that become part of daily routines and rituals. That become part of Sunday morning breakfasts, remind you of a friend, or get placed each night on a bedside table. 

I want to make things that are allowed to change over time. I want the pieces I make to have character, to age, to feel human, not too precise, pristine or mechanical. 

I owe a lot in the way I think, design and make to my past. I'm fortunate to have a background working with some talented people, in garden design with Luciano Giubbilei and ceramics with Billy Lloyd.




Images and work copyright Jono Smart Design

Collaboration images courtesy of Charlott Fletcher, Grain and KnotJim Marsden and Midgley Green



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