GLASS LIVES INTERVIEW:
Natsumi Jones

Natsumi Jones in conversation with North Lands Creative Director Karen Phillips.

PROJECT ACTIVITY - Assistant ta AiR

PARTNER - NORTH LANDS CREATIVE

YEAR - 2019

1. What were you doing in the year leading up to your ISGNE Technical Internships position at North Lands Creative?

I was assisting several artists including Ayako Tani in Sunderland, Anne Petters and Stephen Paul Day at Bild-Werk Frauenau in Germany.

2. Please tell us how you found the ISGNE TA position, and what motivated you to apply?

A friend of mine who was an intern at North Lands recommended me to apply.

Natsumi Jones grinding wood, assisting Ayako

Natsumi Jones 'knowbody knows"

3. How do you think ISGNE is different from other projects?

I think it’s unique as it ties individual glass studios together across Europe and connects people and give more opportunities especially to emerging artists.

4. When did you first start working with glass, and how has your making process and work evolved over time?

My first glass creation was a tiny little key ring made in a stained glass studio in my hometown in Japan. Once I started learning glass making in a university in the UK, I shifted to kiln formed glass.

5. Can you tell us about the process of making your work?

Draw some ideas from my sketchbook/past work or other artist’s artwork, make test pieces, think about how I am displaying (curating), and make a final piece.

6. Is there something you are currently working on, or are excited about starting that you can tell us about?

I have just finished making a new piece of artwork which will be exhibited in Japan in December!

Teaching zoom kirigami workshop

View taking at North Lands Creative

7. How does your Japanese background and living in the UK impact your work?

My philosophical thinking is definitely very Japanese. The conceptual thinking and the dynamic experimental making approach that I have learnt in the UK have impacted me the way of making art.

8. How have you been during the months of quarantine? How is the artist community in the UK dealing with this unsettling situation?

There were quite a few online exhibiting/workshop opportunities in the UK. I was able to participate in some of them.

9. What are your favourite European artists, studios and/ or places?

Anne Petters, Anna Mlasowsky, Andrea Spencer, Sivan Pais.

I haven’t been to that many studios yet but I like somewhere surrounded by nature.

North Lands and Bild-Werk Frauenau are such an inspirational places.

10. How important is it to you to be making work internationally and with other European organisations and artists?

Working internationally is important for my creative development as experiencing different cultures, meeting new people from different background inspires me and evolves my imagination.

Bild Werk woods

Process shot of new piece

Most recent piece

ARTIST BIO
Natsumi Jones

Natsumi Jones is a Japanese artist working in glass and mixed media currently residing in the UK. Her work explores time, nature, customs through the fragility and ephemeral materiality of glass. She also often combines light as a material to give immersive installation effect as well as embellish the material with reflection and transmission.

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