(17 February 1919 – 29 November 2004) was born Leonard Jones in the north east of England, but known as a Welsh sculptor
and artist-craftsman. He worked in many media, but is especially remembered as a sculptor in stone, lettering-artist and calligrapher
The eldest of four children, Jones was born in 1919 near Wardley, Tyne and Wear
. His father was a local man who had been a coalminer before being invalided in the First World War
, his mother came from Yorkshire
Registering in the Second World War
as a conscientious objector
, Jonah Jones was enlisted in the British Army
as a non-combatant
. He served in 224 Parachute Field Ambulance, within the 6th Airborne Division
, taking part in the Ardennes
campaign and the airdrop over the Rhine
in March 1945.
in 1947, Jones' career began in a shared practice with the artist John Petts
in North Wales
, followed soon after by a short, intensive stay at the workshop of the late Eric Gill
, where he learned the techniques of lettering and carving in stone.
During the 1950s Jones established a full-time workshop practice, one of the few who were able at that time in Wales to earn a living solely from art.
Jonah Jones worked in many media. He cut letters in slate
, carved in stone
and produced bronze busts
. He taught himself both the traditional techniques of stained and leaded glass
and the newer ones of concrete glass. He painted in watercolour
, a medium in which he produced a... Read More