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Collection: JCJ Pottery

Jonathan Chiswell Jones works with Kerry Bosworth making and decorating fine pots by hand. As artisan potters, they accept commissions both for porcelain and for lustreware. Their aim is to produce work which is practical, beautiful, and unmistakably theirs.
Jonathan trained at Farnham Art School and then with Joe Finch in Scotland. The ideas which inspired him came from Bernard Leach’s A Potter’s Book, which he read as a schoolboy. After studying at Oxford and working as an English teacher, he found his vocation and has been a full time potter since 1974.
Kerry Bosworth trained at Derby completing a two year HND course. She joined Jonathan as a part time helper in 1995, and has worked full time with him since 2002. She studied calligraphy with Ewan Clayton and does the brush lettering on commissioned pots, as well as most of the throwing and decorating of the porcelain oven and tableware. This is robust enough for daily use, and shows off the brushwork which has become JCJ Pottery’s trademark.
For the first 25 years, the pottery was located at Drusillas Zoo park in Sussex. The early work was made using a stoneware body, glazed in brown or white. In the 1990’s the change was made to brush decorated porcelain. Almost everything was sold from the pottery showroom. The move to a beautiful but quieter location in 2000, brought fresh challenges; but the new gas kiln made it easier to experiment with and then to produce reduced lustre. This is Jonathan’s consuming interest today.
Lustreware tiles are unsigned whether designed or decorated by Jonathan or Kerry. Lustreware decorated by Jonathan, is signed JCJ and each piece has a number. Number 1 was made in the first lustre firing at Peelings in 2001 and the series has reached over 8,000 by 2021. Records of each pot are kept in the pottery and help to identify some of the variables which went into its making. Where Kerry has designed and decorated a lustre pot, it will be signed KB and numbered in a separate series.
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  • Small Bowl with Owl
    Small Bowl with Owl
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  • Tile with Owl
    Tile with Owl
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  • Tile with Mouse
    Tile with Mouse
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  • Tile with Dragonflies 'We Meet Again'
    Tile with Dragonflies 'We Meet Again'
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  • Tile with Chinese Dragon
    Tile with Chinese Dragon
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  • Tile with Red Dragonfly
    Tile with Red Dragonfly
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  • Tile with Firebird
    Tile with Firebird
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  • Tile with Four Fish
    Tile with Four Fish
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  • Louisa Vase with Dragonfly and Berries
    Louisa Vase with Dragonfly and Berries
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    Flattened Vase
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  • Diabolo Vase with Dragonfly
    Diabolo Vase with Dragonfly
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    Diabolo Vase with Dragonfly
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  • Korean Vase with Fish and Weed
    Korean Vase with Fish and Weed
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  • Slim Vase with Fish and Weed
    Slim Vase with Fish and Weed
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  • Slim Vase with Fish and Weed
    Slim Vase with Fish and Weed
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  • Small Bowl with Fish and Weed
    Small Bowl with Fish and Weed
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  • Small Bowl with Plain Scraffito Pattern
    Small Bowl with Plain Scraffito Pattern
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  • Bowl with Three Fish
    Bowl with Three Fish
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  • Bowl with Pomegranate
    Bowl with Pomegranate
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