through mortise

through mortise

Dave Macon Craft Fair I Best in Show l 2008
Tullahoma Fine Arts Festival l Merit Award l 2009
Tullahoma Fine Arts Festival l Best in Show l 2010
Fayetteville Fine Arts Festival l Best in Show l 2010
Smithville Jamboree I Best in Show I 2013
White Oak Craft Fair I Excellence in Clay I 2014
Webb School Art Fair l Best in Show l 2015
TN Craft 50th anniversary juried exhibit I Centennial Arts Center Gallery I 2015
City Hall Rotunda l Group Show Murfreesboro, TN l 2015
TN Craft Juried Exhibit l Gordon Jewish Community Center l 2015
Arts in the Airport Nashville, TN l Group Exhibit l 2016
TN Craft Juried Exhibit l Gordon Jewish Community Center l 2016
Vanderbilt University First Floor Gallery I Solo Show l 2017

TN Craft juried exhibit I Centennial Arts Center Gallery I 2017

White Oak Craft Fair I Excellence in Clay I 2017

Cannon County Arts Center I Solo Show I 2017

 

Jonathan Griffith

While working toward my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture, I had the rich opportunity to engage with young adults as an outdoor counselor. This experience motivated me to pursue a career as an art educator. Since that time, my interactions with students, other artists, and my own personal growth  have shifted my early focus in metals to clay and wood. These materials speak to my strong connection to the environment and my love for the outdoors. I have been actively engaged with my career as an art educator and working artist since 2003. My clay studio has been an active part of my life and teaching throughout this tenure. Working with clay led me to search out artists with the same focus and pursuit, which led me to the Tennessee Arts And Craft Association, which has now become Tennessee Craft. I have maintained a connection with this group and with other outdoor craft fairs for the past twelve years.

Looking for new direction in my work, I have been framing reflections of landscapes and nature in deliberate combinations of clay and wood.  Depth, texture, and craft is always my focus as an artist.  I harvest much of the wood myself and utilize hand tools as an integral part of the construction and finishing process.  My work is based on elements and principles of design, as well as a desire to blend clay and wood in harmonious ways.  Heavily influenced by my connection to the outdoors, my work is created with an understanding of the of fine craft, technique, and design.  I am engaged with form over concept

My work is comprised of low relief clay sculptures and glaze painting inside of frames I make from domestic and exotic hardwoods; it walks a line between fine craft and fine art.   The wood-frame is as important as the clay to the overall composition.  Combining different wood species and emphasizing visual and tactile textures in clay provides multiple avenues in the work’s development and presentation. The end result is reflective of the balances I make within my own life as an artist and educator. It is connected to my passion for integrating nature into my life, and serves as a direct manifestation of these connections.