Potter Jono Smart lives and works together with his partner Emily Stephen in a converted farm in rural Angus. Jono began his career in London in the world of advertising, before graduating to garden design, working for the world-renowned designer Luciano Giubbilei. Emily initially began working in the studio part time whilst also working as an architect before joining full time in 2018.
Jono first found working with clay as part of a recovery period after being diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. He has lived in Scotland for nearly a decade, first in Glasgow before moving to Tobees Farm in 2021, where he and Emily have welcomed Finley to their family.
There is a peaceful, poetic austerity to their tableware; they are moments of calm, captured in form, function and feeling. This collection for Bard is inspired by how Jono and Emily eat together at home: small dishes from which to help yourself.
What value does craft have in daily life?
Craft has seeped into every corner of our lives. It’s no longer simply objects and furniture, it has become a mentality and approach to living. To try and approach each aspect of living with care and knowledge. To be accepting of mistakes and accidents. Craft has taught us the joy of learning and of doing small things well. Craft is a daily reminder of how to live happily.
What does Scottishness mean to you?
Scotland is a special place. It’s the place we’ve chosen and we chose it for it’s people and atmosphere. Scotland is open, welcoming, accepting and supportive. Scotland manages to walk a careful balance of taking what matters seriously and treating the rest of life with humour. Just as it should be.