Theatre and Arts
The Lemon Street Gallery in Truro is featuring its second solo exhibition of Jason Wason's ceramics this October. All three floors of the Georgian gallery will be dedicated to the most recent body of work from this internationally acclaimed artist.
"There is no more dramatic location I know of for a potter’s studio, a crow’s nest high on a hillside in Cornwall with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, and, between him and sea, a broadcoastal landscape punctuated by old, broken down, mine workings. […]
Black lidded container by Jason Wason
Wason’s austere ceramics seem imbued with this bony terrain, as they are by his wider travels and his appreciation of the art, pottery and landscapes of far-flung cultures too –from Africa to the Mediterranean to New Mexico." David Whiting. 2007
Born in Liverpool, Jason Wason spent almost a decade as a young adult travelling throughout the Balkans, Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia. During these travels to other cultures he became fascinated with the crafted objects that he saw and their functional and ceremonial uses.
Upon his return to the United Kingdom in 1972, Wason set up a craft co-operative in Scotland and began making pots himself. In 1976 he moved to Cornwall and was employed by Bernard Leach as an assistant in the production of domestic pottery thrown on the wheel at Leach Pottery, St Ives.
Although he is indebted to his training in the Leach studios, and the implicit Eastern influences, his work ultimately took a "radically different direction".
Jason's West Penwith home
Jason Wason has become known for the large sculptural objects that he creates. He has rejected common glaze techniques in favour of mat oxide finishes and experimental surface treatment from his unique firing processes.
His ceramic pieces have a minimal stark quality that nonetheless evokes ancient ornamental imagery.
Since starting his own studio, Wason has exhibited around the world, including solo exhibitions in the National Museum & Gallery, Liverpool: Boymans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam and the Seto City Cultural Centre in Japan. His work is also on display in the Tate, St. Ives.
He has further had work commissioned for British High Commission, Dhakar, Bangladesh for which he received a South West Arts Council Development Award (1990), and in 1998 was awarded another South West Arts Council grant to study Mimbres ceramics in the southwest region of New Mexico, USA.
Wason has also visited Japan six times since 1992, three visits in capacity as artist-in-residence at the Seto City Cultural Centre.
Red & Gold Vessel by Jason Wason
Jason Wason’s extensive travels have no doubt informed his ceramic pieces, but they are also understood to be a special product of the specific environment from which they are made, in his studio in West Penwith.
Many commentators of his work have acknowledged the obvious relationship between Wason’s rugged and austere pots and the conditions and landscape within which they are made.
The aesthetic variety of these experiences has provided lifelong inspiration and the foundation to his prestigious ceramic career.
JASON WASON - CERAMICS