Cornwall with its dramatic land and coastlines inspire Charlotte Jones to make her unique and individually handmade ceramics.
Charlotte lives and works in a renovated chapel high above Falmouth Bay with stunning views from Plymouth to the Lizard.

“I have always had passion for drawing and making, keeping sketch books and making collages. After years of traveling, I came with my family on our sailing boat to live in Cornwall in 1989. With my partner Ron Jones, a furniture maker and our three sons we converted derelict Trenoweth Chapel into our home and workshops.

After graduating from Falmouth School of Art with a Studio Ceramic degree in 2001 the vestry became my workshop, now I work in a purpose designed and built studio in the garden. Since 2001 I have been exhibiting ceramics and until 2012 attended selected craft fairs.

My own path of making has been crucial to my work. The process of making my pots has evolved slowly over the last 20 years. Colour is added to white stoneware clay, local clays, grog from streams and oxides. Clay is used as a three-dimensional collage material,(reflecting my sketchbooks) abstracted colours, patterns and textures, go all the way through the pot, built as the pot’s structure, no surface decoration. I need to enjoy each process and use tools and equipment familiar to me. I throw the bases, coil and slab the layers of colour, I love coiling and hand building, its slow and thoughtful after the speed of throwing. Pots are scraped into shape with pinched rims reminding me of the riven slate edges on our chapel home. Pots are burnished when leather hard, the pots are then once high fired.”