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Canyon Reflections“Raku - Origins, Impact and Contemporary Expression” was a symposium and exhibition convened by Professor Jim Romberg, Southern Oregon University, to research the development of new potentials in western raku. The event brought together some of the leading raku specialists worldwide to develop work and an attendant critical discourse. Jones was an invited participant. The group discussed the ancient and the contemporary heritage of raku and then embarked on collaborative ventures to explore a set of propositions concerning the nature of raku practice, which had evolved from the discourse. Set in this context, Jones pieces were made as a reflection on, and reinterpretation of, the vessels made for tea ceremony in a contemporary context.
Fixing Light - Fixing FireA solo exhibition developed and curated by David Jones, working in collaboration with: Rod Dorling, art and architectural photographer, Leamington Spa; and John Bell, theatre and exhibitions designer. The overarching idea of the exhibition was to investigate the relationship between Eastern and Western ceramic cultures on the example of raku. More specifically, the research underlying the exhibition addressed the question of how to exhibit contemporary western raku so as to elicit its ties to historical and aesthetic traditions in the East. To this end, the exhibition was designed to display the work of Jones, and to contextualise it through the photography of Dorling to make explicit its relationship to, and its advance from the historical raku ceramic process and philosophy.