JON MILLS

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JON MILLS
ROBERTSON YARD
42A ROBERTSON ROAD
BRIGHTON
EAST SUSSEX
BN1 5NJ   UK

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Born in Birmingham in 1959, Mills studied 3-Dimensional Design BA (Hons) at Wolverhampton, where his father, grandfathers and various ancestors had all plied their trades in a broad range of metalworking disciplines. Factory premises and jewellers workshops were a common place to be as a child. He was the recipient of a Crafts Council setting up grant in 1982 and started producing speculative exhibition work for a variety of outlets.

After moving to Brighton in 1985, he formed links with London-based galleries, the most well known being Ron Arad's One-off. His affiliation with the Crafts Council continued and over the years his work has be featured in some of their major touring exhibitions, including The New Spirit in 1987 and An Industry of One in 2001. His work has been shown extensively in Great Britain as well as in the USA, Europe and Japan.

Jon Mills produces metalwork of all shapes and sizes, from hand-held objects to large civic statements; but whether it be a functional local authority commission (such as a bridge or a chandelier), a piece of sculpture or an automaton, his witty personable style is immediately apparent.

'Mills makes metal do surprising things by using traditional techniques in unorthodox ways. In spite of being forged and hammered, welded and riveted, his work has a surprising, spontaneous quality as if it had been blown together by a particularly strong gust of wind'.*
– *quotation from the essay Jon Mills © Rosemary Hill for Hartlepool Museum

Mills is very much a hands-on maker, preferring to produce one-off designs. Occasionally clients have ordered repeats on a similar theme, but Mills has tended to resist mass or batch production, opting instead for a more spontaneous approach – the evolving of ideas through the making process, be it cupboard or bridge. He has undertaken numerous residencies in schools, normally in conjunction with a specific commission, often incorporating elements of the childrens' work into the finished piece.


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