Michelangelo Foundation Homo Faber Event Guide
   Newsletter
Explore Discover Visit Experience About
©Gillies Jones
©Gillies Jones
©Gillies Jones
©Gillies Jones
©Gillies Jones

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones Glassblower
Contact
English, French
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00, Sunday 14:00 - 16:00
Phone:
+44 1751417550
©Gillies Jones

Light sources

  • • Kate and Stephen opened their studio in 1995
  • • They specialise in Swedish overlay technique
  • • Their use of rare and complex techniques is renowned

Behind the name Gillies Jones are two artists: Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones, partners in art and in life. Makers of contemporary blown glass, they both master different techniques, combining skills to create masterfully crafted pieces. Gillies is in charge of glassblowing, doing so in layers and then adding colours to those layers, before passing it on to Jones who begins the engraving. By removing parts of the coloured layers, the opacity of the piece eases, making room for the secret ingredient of it all: light. Inspired by the rural landscapes of North Yorkshire, Gillies and Jones talk about light as a key ingredient for inspiration and creation, as it is the final touch to these mesmerising and delicate combinations of colour.

Read the full interview

Works

  • ©Gillies Jones
  • ©Gillies Jones
  • ©Gillies Jones
  • ©Gillies Jones
  • ©Gillies Jones
Photo: ©Gillies Jones
Winter Landscape – Blue over Grey

This bowl made of glass is composed of dozens of extremely fine lines in cool winter tones, such as blue and grey, giving it its delicate yet complex look. It is made using a Swedish Overlay technique, a method of glassblowing using two separate bubbles and turning one inside out over the other, therefore giving the opportunity to carve the colours in such a precise way.

Height 15 cm
Diameter 37 cm

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones Glassblower
Photo: ©Gillies Jones
Industrial Landscape 2018 - Red over Gold

This delicate piece created by Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones offers warm shades of red and gold bouncing off other materials, as light comes into contact with the object and brings out all the beauty of a masterfully crafted vessel. Made out of glass, it is created using a sand carving method as well as a Swedish Overlay technique.

Height 18 cm
Diameter 45 cm

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones Glassblower
Photo: ©Gillies Jones
Summer Landscape – Gold over Grey

This piece made of glass is composed of warm summer colours with a predominant vibrant gold tone reflecting when in contact with light. As well as a Swedish Overlay technique, a process of wheel cut was used to create this bowl, where diamond wheels cut into the piece and create the patterns letting the light go through the fine lines, therefore giving it its depth and complex colours.

Height 11 cm
Diameter 26 cm

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones Glassblower
Photo: ©Gillies Jones
Monochrome Aesculus

This glass piece is composed of extremely fine lines, giving it a thinly striped look with curves following the shape of the bowl. The edges go upward while the base is small, giving the piece a subtle sense of balance, as if it were in a constant state of bare stability. It is made using a Swedish Overlay, as well as a sand carved glass technique.

Height 25 cm
Diameter 30 cm

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones Glassblower
Photo: ©Gillies Jones
Monochrome Aesculus

This round decorative piece made of glass is composed of cool winter colours with blue and grey tones and is fixed on a black metal structure. It is made using a Swedish Overlay technique, giving the opportunity to carve the colours in such a precise way, a wheel cut with diamond wheels cutting into the piece, and a sand carving technique.

Height 55 cm
Diameter 45 cm

Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones Glassblower

You may also like

Download the app

Find all the Homo Faber Guide content at hand, save, like and much more!