Punta Gorda, FL
Marlene Jones was first introduced to pottery in Baltimore, Maryland in the late 1960’s.She learned to make wheel-thrown, functional stoneware pottery on a kick wheel and soon became a lifelong student of ceramic art. In 1970, along with a potter-friend, she established a studio in Baltimore before moving to Florence, Italy in 1975. Living in Italy for four years, gave Marlene the opportunity to further her knowledge and love of the great masters of ceramic art.
Today, Marlene creates stoneware, raku and horsehair pottery. Her work can be seen in Punta Gorda and in galleries located in Annapolis, Maryland and Wellington, Florida.
I am a ceramic artist, bonsai artist and a classically trained Chef.
I spent over 35 years in the Hospitality industry as a restaurant and bakery owner, food stylist, consultant and finally as a Corporate Executive Chef. My culinary career was shortened due to a medical condition. I needed an outlet for my creative spirit so I turned to bonsai and ceramic arts.
My pottery is primarily focused on marrying my love for ceramics and horticulture. I specialize in planters, vases, bonsai pottery and ikebana.
My art work encompasses several different techniques including microcrystalline glazes, horse hair and raku. I find pottery to be very satisfying and therapeutic. As we say in the clay world, “you center the clay, the clay centers you”.
My love for creating with clay began in Michigan during my college years. A starving artist scare pushed me into a career in water resource engineering, which led to our joy of raising two sons. Upon retirement we began spending winter months at Maple Leaf Estates in Port Charlotte, FL where I taught pottery for 10 years.
Four years ago I began attending advanced pottery classes at the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda, FL and the Glen Arbor Art Center in Glen Arbor, MI. My desire to work with other seasoned potters led several of us to collectively establish the Southwest Florida Potters Guild, a nonprofit cooperative. We welcome you to visit our gallery in Punta Gorda’s History Park located at 501 Shreve Street.