Brian R. Jones grew up in Syracuse, NY and graduated with a BFA from Alfred University in 2001. Jones earned an MFA degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2007. He shows work nationally and has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. Jones was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference VI: Celebrate the Object at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in September 2012. In March 2013 he was awarded the Emerging Artist award at the National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Houston, TX. He has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and Massachusetts School of Art and Design. He was a board member of The Studio Potter Journal from 2012-2014 and is the host and producer of the Brian R Jonescast (currently on hiatus), an interview program revolving around artists and their lives. Jones lives in Portland with his wife and two kids (he's a stay-at-home dad, too.)
The Brian R Jonescast ran from 2011-2014 and was (is) a program devoted to uncovering what it means to be an artist, navigating business, and juggling life and work. There are about 60 episodes in the archive, all are conversations between Jones and his guest. Each episode runs about 60 minutes long and can be found on iTunes.
Porcelain Mugs for Marc Maron's WTF Podcast
I started listening to WTF with Marc Maron in 2010. I was having a rough time of things, not sure if my decision to be an artist was a good one or the worst mistake I ever made. I was unhappy with how my sales were doing and I was feeling isolated in my studio and simultaneously unwilling to leave that space and get out into the world. After moving through a few different podcasts (comedy, always) I eventually came upon WTF. I instantly became hooked with Marc’s openness about his life, his ability to get his guests to open up in a deep way, and especially the talk between professionals about craft, lineage, and finding one’s voice.
Marc came to Portland in January of 2011 to do a weekend of stand-up shows. I was listening to an episode the day before the early Friday show (which I had tickets to) and when the “POW!” came around I figured that Marc was probably not using a handmade mug. I saw a window where I could give him a gift that would show my deep appreciation for him and his work and it would also be something he would use on a daily basis. So, I drew some images, scanned them in to my computer, printed them off on decal paper, and fired them back onto a finished mug.
Since then, Marc’s been buying mugs from me to give to his podcast guests. Some of those people include Garry Shandling, Iggy Pop, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, and Richard Lewis. Eventually, we made the mugs available for the general public to purchase. The reception has been amazing, and I’m honored to have the opportunity, through Marc, to make and sell my work to a larger and wider audience than I ever have before.
You’ll find mugs here, all handmade and all a little different. The mugs are dishwasher safe (although you might just want to hand wash instead) and are made in my studio in Portland, OR.