WhiteGold: A Festival of Clay1 October 2016
As part of WhiteGold: A Festival of Clay I was invited to work in White River Square, St Austell and to engage with the public. I wanted to use the day to talk about the bigger project and chose the adoption of the Eucryphia tree which flowers white in August around the church. It has become the symbol of China Clay and the greening of the town. A Eucryphia trail is being planned.
On the day I made a white stand using de-barked hazel and limbs of dead oak. The oak was whitened with China Clay. The hazel was set into blocks of white clay.
Families and individuals were invited to make flowers and these were placed onto the skeletal branches. Over the course of the day the work built to form a Japanese-like installation, which dried and whitened to become ethereal.
I loved working outside my normal realm.
Art in Action28 July 2016
This year will be the last ever Art in Action at Waterperry in Oxfordshire. It’s been a privilege to have been demonstrator there for the previous 8 years. It’s a great sadness that this is the last one. Let’s make it the best ever.
First World War Centenary Exhibition11 June 2016
I have now completed the piece for the First World War Centenary Exhibition at Trelissick House and will be on show with 26 other Cornwall Craft Association Members until 31st July. This was a first for me. Craftsman turned Artist, the installation is the culmination of a year’s research into the role my grandfather played at Paschendale in July 1916.
Seasalt14 July 2015
Paul will be featured in Seasalt Cornwall’s autumn catalogue.
Click on this link to see a PDF of his double-page spread.
Red Cross Open Day14 June 2015
On Sunday 14th of June Paul and Rosie raised over £2,500 for the British Red Cross (for which Rosie is the president of the Cornwall branch). The garden was full of people wandering in and out of the vibrant herbaceous borders and luscious water gardens along the river, and enjoying the newly extended river walk. Cream teas and homemade cakes were in plentiful supply and there were a variety of stalls,including Barbara Norman’s plants and Emily Nott-Bower’s jewellery. There was also live music and a Punch and Judy show for the children.
Terrain26 September 2014
Tonight was the private view for the Terrain exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. The exhibition features the work of four artisits working in Cornwall, Paul, scuptural ceramicist Jenny Beavan, painter Lar Cann, and photographer Adam Pedley. The exhibition (which is on until 27 February 2015) explores the landscape and geology of Cornwall through their eyes.
Paul’s group of pots celebrates the moorland, particularly Bodmin Moor, an ancient but man-made landscape. He has used fine stoneware clays from John Dobles quarry near St Agnes. The kiln is fired using waste wood from a local plantation which within 14 hours reaches 1,270°C and allows a two hour soak. The wood ash and the salt interact in the kiln in an alchemistic way so typical of the saltglaze process. The use of tin, iron, copper and manganese, all oxides once mined in Cornwall, as well as the silicas from Cornish stone, ineract with the sodium vapours from the salt, creating the surface of the pots.
Jackson4-9 September 2014
Paul and Jethro are sharing the Porthilly Gallery exhibition at the Rock Institute.
A Fine Day Out3-4 December 2013
At the beginning of December Paul had some pots on show at a pop-up gallery just off Brick Lane in London’s East End. The show, which featured Robin Leonard, Trevor Tucker and Chris Prindl as well as Paul, was organised by Leonard’s Art Exhibitions.
Paul on show in London 24 May 2012
Some of Paul’s large pots are on show this week at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre in Great Russell Street (opposite the British Museum). The exhibition ‘Decorated’ is a joint show that also features the work of four other studio potters.
You’ll have to hurry if you want to see the pots as the exhibition finishes on Saturday 16th June.
SHINE: Christmas Crafts & Food Fair 8 October 2011
The Cornwall Crafts Association are pleased to announce the prestigious fair at Xmas: "SHINE".
- Private View: 9th December
- Open: 10th-11th December
Following on the success of the 2009 event Shine will feature 40 top crafts people. Set in the beautiful grounds of Trelowarren, in a fully heated marquee next to the Gallery, the fair will include demonstrations as well as a unique chance to meet the makers.
Hackwood Art Festival 4 June 2011
Hackwood Art Festival will take place at Huish House this year on 24-26 June and I am very pleased to have been asked to participate.
I will be showing 6 major pieces including one of the extra large rocking jugs and a large globe vase from the Salt Glaze kiln with life drawing.
I will be at the Thursday evening opening on 23 June and I do hope that I’ll see you there.
Cornwall Crafts Association 8 May 2011
I am pleased to announce that as of the 7th May, I took over as Chairman of the Cornwall Crafts Association. I have been a member for the last 30 years and enjoyed showing my work at their galleries at Trelowarren and Trelissick.
In 2009 I was invited to stage a one-man show at Trelowarren and where I introduced the new Salt Glaze range. I shall be a ‘Focused Artist’ in 2012 (the date to be confirmed). Meanwhile please look out for new pots at Trelissick.
If anyone is interested or has any inquiries about the CCA please give me a call.
Rick’s Jugs Delivered 8 March 2011
Paul has just delivered his first batch of water jugs to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. It was a very successful firing for the jugs, which are made out of porcelain for toughness, reaching a record temperature for the wood kiln of 1,282°C.
The design on the pots is a collaboration between Paul and Rick as Rick wanted the dream faces on the pots to have a connection with the paintings of people which proliferate on the walls of the restaurant.
Rick Stein Commission 19 November 2010
Paul Jackson has been commissioned by Rick Stein to produce a series of water jugs that will be used in the Seafood Restaurant. They will also be on sale at the restaurant and his shops.
“The jugs are made of porcelain, which has been fired to 1,270°C in a wood fueled kiln to which salt has been added. The wood ash and the salt form a vapour glaze that is second to none in strength and durability. Subtle colours are developed as the metals in the decoration are fused and softened.
“The life drawings are from my private collection, carried out during the winter months and used to create a unique group of designs.
“I am proud to produce this group of jugs for the Seafood Restaurant. They represent a taste of Cornish art to compliment the existing art.
“Most exiting is that the production is as ‘green’ as possible, using Cornish china clay and fired with wood from a local plantation.
“I have been working at Helland Bridge for over 31 years. The coast and moorland of the county have been hugely influential in both design and material choices. This brings together many of my goals in one of the most exciting projects to date.”