"I enjoy the idea that my work will be passed along as objects in history, just as the art pots that inspired their making."
Jon White’s artistic style is inspired by the turn of the Arts and Crafts movement, guided by the motto, “Work to no end”, which came about while Jon was still a student at The Rhode Island School of Design in 1992.
In 1995 Jon settled in Maine and began producing pottery and tile inspired by the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, an art movement born in reaction to the impersonal nature of the industrial revolution. Produced through a filter of quirky interests (New England Lore, World War I, Historic Architecture, Early 20th Century American Culture, Medieval Folklore, et cetera), White’s works have both a timeless character and modern sentiment. A wide variety of products have been created besides art pottery and tile there is a body of ceramic sculpture, tile for residential applications, tableware, and mixed media sculpture. “Only the tip of the iceberg,” says Jon.
White incorporates the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of both organic and geometric sensibilities. Many of the designs are inspired by his study of the early 20th century American potters such as Grueby and Teco. "I am drawn to the strong presence demonstrated with simple forms and rich surface treatments" he says.
A major convention of Arts and Crafts pottery is the use of matte glazes. Grueby pots were covered in heavy crawling matte glazes which the made the organic forms appear to be made from the glaze. Teco's matte glaze was a soft verdigris like oxidized copper which went well with the geometric forms they produced. Jon has spent years in developing his own lead-free matte-green, from which interesting variations continue to evolve. His earthenware cuenca tiles with earthenware glazes are set and grouted in quarter-sawn white oak frame.
From concept to completion the work is made in the hands of a single craftsman.
Having the honor of being collected by people from all corners of the world and many different walks of life, Jon White states,