The world of Gary Jones is full of humour and fun; through his work Gary's unique play on words brings a whole new meaning to familiar phrases and a smile to everyone's face when they meet his menagerie of clay creatures.
These highly individual sculptures reflect not only Gary's fantastic imagination and creative twist on humour; they are also fine examples of his skill as a designer and ceramic artist.
I love animals. Animals are everything to me; they are a continuous source of amusement, happiness, sadness and of course inspiration.
My aim is to create humorous, three dimensional cartoon images; I attempt to attribute animals with human characteristics, using wordplay and common phrases, recalling the old silent movies where moments in time and emotion were captured by expression alone.
When I create I tend to portray mainly domestic animals I know well and have connected with.
I come from Wales, but I have lived in the Midlands since 1969. my passions are linked to my childhood years spent in and around the Welsh countryside and culture. I have always been intrigued and entertained by everything nature and history have to offer.
My sculptures are a reaction to observations of animal behaviour; I set out to make people laugh.
The techniques I use involve raku because I like the unpredictable results and the excitement experimentation evokes, the natural finishes and the whole primeval smoke, fire, exposure and physical involvement of this ancient process.
Animals are amazing and portraying them in this way is what I do.