Gillies Jones

Makers of exceptional contemporary blown glass

Partners in life and art, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have been making exceptional contemporary blown glass together for over 20 years. Their pieces are made the slow way, just as glass was prior to industrial revolution – labour intensive and reliant on the skills acquired over a long, international apprenticeship.

Operating from their studio and workshop in the village of Rosedale Abbey, they have developed a unique aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the elemental beauty of their rural surroundings.

They have received worldwide recognition for their complex cameo works, the traditional methods they use are practised by only a few glass makers across the world. This process involves the folding of different coloured glass bubbles over each other to produce a complex multi-layered and coloured piece.

Their defiantly decorative work can be found in both public and private collections locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside their craft practice, they also undertake prestigious commissions and regularly lecture in the UK and overseas.

Stephen Gillies

Stephen Gillies Glass Maker

Stephen Gillies started his technical skills training at Stourbridge College of Art, in the historic centre of British glass- making, and then at Wolverhampton University. He worked abroad in the hotshop at the Glass Museum in Ebeltoft in Denmark and with the glass team of Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg in Switzerland. Now, Stephen Gillies talks about transparency and the unique qualities of the material and his driving force – the making of each piece to the best of his considerable ability.

Kate Jones

Kate Jones Artist

Kate Jones trained in painting and, she spent a useful year learning to adapt her visual skill to the design and decoration of glass at the International Glass Centre, in Brierley Hill, Dudley. By then she was fully converted to glass and the opportunities it offered for self expression. She has brought a clearly defined sense of design to the partnership.

Exhibited in public collections

  • V&A
  • National Museums Scotland
  • European Museum of Modern Glass
  • Ebeltoft Glass Museum
  • Buscott Park and the Farringdon Collection
  • Bolton Museum Art Gallery and Aquarium
  • Cannon Hall
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • North Lands
  • Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Broadfield House Glass Museum
  • Cartwright Hall

Selected Publications

  • 8th CHEONGJU International Craft Competition 8th CHEONGJU International Craft Competition
  • Taste 2014: A celebration of Contemporary craft Taste 2014: A celebration of Contemporary craft
  • Crafted Catalogues Crafted Catalogues
  • Inspired Landscape North York Moors National Park Inspired Landscape North York Moors National Park
  • The British Glass Biennale 2004 The British Glass Biennale 2004
  • The British Glass Biennale 2006 The British Glass Biennale 2006
  • The British Glass Biennale 2008 The British Glass Biennale 2008
  • The British Glass Biennale 2010 The British Glass Biennale 2010
  • The British Glass Biennale 2012 The British Glass Biennale 2012
  • Dan Klein & Alan J Poole Collection Dan Klein & Alan J Poole Collection
  • Bonhams Modern & Contemporary Glass Bonhams Modern & Contemporary Glass
  • Coburger Glaspreis Coburger Glaspreis
  • Reflections: a decade of North Lands Glass Reflections: a decade of North Lands Glass
  • 21st Century British Glass 21st Century British Glass
  • Contemporary International glass Contemporary International glass
  • Bounded Space: Blown Glass Vessels Bounded Space: Blown Glass Vessels

Associations

  • Crafts Council Selected Maker Crafts Council Selected Maker
  • Contemporary Applied Arts Member Contemporary Applied Arts Member
  • Fellow Society Of Designer Craftsmen Member Fellow Society Of Designer Craftsmen Member

Funding

Key Fund Supported using public funding by Arts Council England & Creative Industry Finance