I make a variety of ceramic objects that celebrate both form and surface. I am not bound by any constraint in method or material, nor am I bound by any strict adherence to utility.
My hands use many ways to create work; either assisted in some way by a method or procedure such as slip casting or pressing, or unassisted, using throwing or hand building. Often times, my ceramic work utilizes a combination. I have a very deep vocabulary of techniques that allow my imagination to run unbound by preconception or historical imperative.
Major influences upon my work are architecture and geometry. The majority of my ceramics can be viewed as vessel specific and all deal with ideas associated with containment. Strict utility or function may only be a reference derived from an association with a specific shape or form. I have made a diverse body of work for most of my career, driven to make objects that are both highly designed and impeccably crafted. I also integrate industrial parts, fittings, or machined components creating a visual dialog between work that evidences a relationship between handmade and manufactured ideas.
I have made a diverse body of work for most of my career and I am driven to make objects that are both highly designed and impeccably crafted. I look in awe at the symmetries of culture and am humbled by what remains as historical evidence in clay. With an acknowledgement of that deep history of ceramics, I endeavor to make choices in my work that will continue to engage and interest me and hopefully others. I am honored to be a part of this continuum and constantly reinvent my work by challenging myself. My studio practice has evolved over many years and it is important to always include others with me on this journey.
My career in this field is best described as a serendipitous confluence of events. I hold a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and have followed my muse for over 40 years as a production potter and ceramic artist, a university educator, a professional mold and model maker, a ceramic designer and manufacturer. My writings and work have been well anthologized in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics:Art and Perception, Ceramics:Technical, and Studio Potter. Additionally, I serve on the board of the Studio Potter journal and am a member of The International Academy of Ceramics.
Additional detailed images may be found in Jonathan's gallery in the artists section of this website
Jonathan has written extensively for the major ceramics publications
"Wedge O'Pie Project" Ceramics Technical V16 #1 May 2010
"Clay Body-Building" Ceramics Monthly May 2015
"Casting Rheology" Ceramics Monthly October 2012
"Reshaping the Paradigm" Studio Potter V 38 #1
"Financial Considerations Not Withstanding" Studio Potter V38 #1
" Source Material" Studio Potter V 42 #1
"Nouveau Moche Pottery" Ceramic Art and Perception V85 2011 A critical review by Anthony Merino
In 2015, Jonathan was invited to participate in Fired:Ceramics at the Arvada Center, As one of nine selected artists who embrace slip casting, he created an installation of new teapots. Pictured is of one of the teapots from "Sextet"