(Born 1947) Known for both his functional as well as his sculptural expressions in clay, this contemporary artist studied traditional techniques developed by the Hopewell and Mississipian cultures. Thrown slabs of clay form a body--the vessel or foundation for each sculpture. Jones then adds sculptured heads and hands to each form and shapes each figure's face to exude unique personal characteristics. These portraits are neither happy or sad, but appear simply conscious of being. The sculpted hands, attached to the body without arms, grasp firmly onto traditional objects.
Jones was born into the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation at the Cattaraugus Reservation in Seneca Territory to a Seneca father and an Onondaga mother. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he was strongly influenced by Otellie Loloma.
Jones will be represented in an upcoming exhibition Changing Hands--Without Reservations staged this summer at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City