After studying at Scarborough College of Art and Exeter College of Art, Jon taught pottery for three years at a Residential school in Devon before finally settling in Lelant, near St Ives. His design ideas for pots are realised through a programme of meditation on the 'Tree of Life', his themes the embodiment of images and symbols arising from this approach; he works intensely for a period of weeks, writing and drawing, to make the ideas come to life. He believes strongly in the importance of design, and is inspired by diverse cultural influences ranging from the Incas through Egyptian hieroglyphs to Native American art, using a variety of metal lustres, gold, platinum and copper with various combinations of lustre glazes and semi-precious stones. All his pots need several firings to bring the layers of lustre to full strength and realise the idea to the detail.
Whybrow (1985) Potters in their Place