Deb Jones has been exploring ideas through glass for more than two decades. Her hands-on conceptual approach to the physical and metaphoric properties of glass along with her broad interest across art, design and architecture have resulted in a creative output which includes public art, product design, architectural interventions and outstanding sculptural works – all unified by restraint and a highly refined, minimal aesthetic.
Jones initially studied Graphic Investigation and Sculpture at the Canberra School of Art, completing a Visual Arts degree in 1989. Her subsequent desire to explore an idea that could only be realised in glass, led her to enroll in a Graduate Diploma in the glass studio at the same school – under the mentorship of influential artist and educator Klaus Moje.
In 1993 Jones relocated to Adelaide to undertake a traineeship at JamFactory. Her connection with the organisation continued through various roles including production manager and then studio designer, designing products for the JamFactory branded range including the Kink Oil Bottle, 2010.
Jones was a founding member of the influential Blue Pony Studios until 2007 when she and fellow artist Jessica Loughlin purchased a run-down Baptist Church in the semi-industrial Adelaide CBD-fringe suburb of Thebarton and established the Gate 8 studio. Jones and Loughlin share the studio with four other independent artists who regularly collaborate on a range of art and design projects.
Maquettes of internal thoughts, 2014, these maquettes present thoughts on internal space and the transference of an idea from two dimensions to three dimensions. They revel in the confusion between empty and the accessible solid space of glass. They are thoughts on making that acknowledge the potential of ideas over and above finished objects or buildings.