Posted 5 years ago
A few weeks ago I headed north on an op shop hunt on my Opal card and did about eight shops before I found anything. It was this little plaque by Frances Jones. I was really chuffed because I had been researching Frances Jones on Trove and had found some interesting detail about her not known before ... well not recently anyhow.
Born in Roseville, Sydney in 1923, Frances Jones studied at the East Sydney Technical College and the Julian Ashton School. A naive painter, she exhibited in the eastern states. She died in 1999.
Her parents Marie and Bert were both artistic as were her three siblings Paul, Bernard and Roberta. "Bert Osborne Jones, was an amateur painter who exhibited occasionally, so this atmosphere carried over into the lives of our children."
"Frances and Roberta did tiles. Roberta, whose tiles, of more abstract design, decorate some of Sydney's luxury homes and a wall in the Chevron Hilton Hotel. Roberta has been studying in London"
"Mrs. Marie Jones, whose hand-made period dolls have been exhibited in Harrods, the well-known London store."
"Bernard, designs and makes furniture. One of his miniature pieces was shown at Sydney's Exhibition of Rare and Beautiful Things last year."
Paul was a watercolourist of great note and was celebrated for his paintings of camelias.
But Frances interested me especially because she had worked at two potteries here in Sydney of great note. She was employed at the Martin Boyd factory and I believe she was responsible for some of the early floral and fruit pieces for Guy Boyd. In 1954 she was one of a number of potters who left Martin Boyd Pottery and entered the business of Etta Easton.
In the 1960's she had her own studio, the Frances Jones Studio in James St., Woollahra. This studio became a gallery where Frances exhibited not only her own work but that of other artists.