Chris Jones is an English glassmaker, currently living and working near Lake Taupo in New Zealand. Until arriving in New Zealand, Chris worked at the highly-respected Neil Wilkin Studios in Frome, Somerset, for over 5 years. During this time Chris developed his skills as a glass-maker and worked on pieces for renowned European glass artists such as Peter Bremers and Floris Meydam.
Chris arrived in New Zealand in 2004 - a promise of something good, something fresh, a new start in a place so like his home but distantly different.
A product of these influences can be seen in Chris Jones' 'Floats' series - influenced in part by the new experiences of New Zealand and eloquently expressed in 'Poetry in the Making' by Ted Hughes:
"Your whole being rests lightly on your float, but not drowsily: very alert, so that the least twitch of the float arrives like an electric shock. And you are not only watching the float. You are aware, in a horizon less and slightly mesmerized way, like listening to the double bass in orchestral music, of fish below there in the dark."
Chris Jones Works Available At Black Door Gallery
"All I have as a tool is a focus on glass. This new environment of New Zealand, its' delights, its' treasures, are all there for me to enjoy and I hope to express these new experiences in this most elegant of mediums."- Chris Jones