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Aesculus blue over yellow

'Aesculus blue over yellow'

Artists: Gillies Jones

Gillies Jones is a dynamic creative alliance between glass blower Stephen Gillies and artist Kate Jones. Together, they have developed a "unique aesthetic in blown glass", most notably with their Aesculus pieces. Take a look in the online gallery.

After returning from an extended international apprenticeship we have worked in a small studio in the village of Rosedale Abbey in rural North Yorkshire for the last 10 years , building our skills and reputation.

Pure forms, exquisite patterns and excellent craftsmanship in blown glass is our speciality, from our small signature colour bowls to the large sculptural Aesculus pieces.

The “Aesculus” is a unique work in overlay sand carved blown glass and represents our specialist skills and creative ambitions in blown glass. This series of work was recently commissioned for the permanent collection of the V&A.

"Pure forms, exquisite patterns and excellent craftsmanship in blown glass is our speciality."

Regularly showcased by leading British Galleries, we are represented in several major public collections in the UK and overseas. We have also recently been shortlisted for the Industry “Oscars” in Germany - the “Coburg Prize”. We are delighted to be showing our work with the best in Europe.

The ambition of the ‘Aesculus’ is to draw the viewer's attention to the beauty, detail and significance of small and easily overlooked elements of the natural world. Elements whose purpose proportions and patterns are governed by a set of reoccurring, indisputable, timeless and awe inspiring laws.

The form of the Aesculus takes the proportions of the annually abundant horse chestnut seed. The work also aims to celebrate the unique qualities and beauty of the material.

Our studio is open to visitors year round and has a changing exhibition of work on display of both the smaller bowls and the larger unique works. Drawing inspiration from the elemental beauty of our remote rural surroundings, we have developed a unique aesthetic in blown glass.

Kate Jones

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