Jon Oakes has been hand crafting his unique line of Raku vessels for more than 15 years. Blazed for iridescence and with a crackled texture, his pottery combines the centuries old Japanese firing technique (Raku) with modern design. Each piece is a hand designed work of art, and no two pieces are exactly alike.
Jon was born in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in rural North Dakota. “As a boy in the Midwest during the early 70’s, there wasn’t much exposure to the arts and I longed for it,” Oakes says. Fortunately while attending high school, he met the greatest inspiration of his life. After witnessing Jon’s talent and aptitude, the school art teacher dug out a dusty old potter’s wheel and sat John down. “I felt comfortable instantly, as if I were meant to throw clay” says Oakes.
A few years ago, Jon began to blow glass. He has always been intrigued by the glassblowing process and is fascinated by the transparency of glass which allows light to shine through it. This wonderful quality is not found in ceramics. He particularly enjoys designing his own cane and murrine as elements for his glass. Jon’s intent in the future is to combine his two favorite mediums; ceramic and glass.
JO20WPC| Wall Piece- Blue and Orange
JO19WPC| Wall Piece-Green and Earth Tones
JO18WPC| Wall Piece- Orange Blue Green
JO4LCS |“Multi-Color Lit Cairn 32”
JO41CS |“Multi-Color Lit Cairn 28”
JO931BC | Teal Fluted Bowl
JO17WPC| Wall Piece- Teal and Burgundy SOLD
JO6WP I Wall Plate 16" SOLD
JO131SC I "Multi Cairn Sculpture" 26" SOLD
JO18RSC I Rock Sculpture 19" SOLD
JO18AWP | Blue and Red 16” x 37” SOLD
JO17AWP | Orange and Purple 16” x 37” SOLD
JO19SCC I "Riding Up" 31" SOLD
JO17WTP | "Still Waters" 38" x 19" SOLD
JO16WTP | "Fire and Rain" 38" x 19" SOLD
JO16RSC I Rock Sculpture 16" SOLD
JO22WPC I "Wall Mosaic" 38”X16” SOLD
JO18SCC I "Higher" 31" SOLD
JO100SC I Red, White, & Black Cairn 29" SOLD
JO19RSC I Rock Sculpture W/Bird 19” SOLD
JO100VA I "Crystal Vase w/17 flowers"
JO801VA I Glass Vase with 21 Red Flowers SOLD
JO4VA I Crystal Vase with 16 Multi Flowes
JO1C | Golden Toned Glass Chandelier SOLD