Artist: Michael Jones
Nation & Clan: Onondaga/Seneca Descent
Media: Iroquois pottery, sculpture and pen/ink design

Address: 234 Buffalo Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
Phone: 716-257-6761


Michael Jones


I was born in Lawton Oklahoma at the Indian Hospital but we moved to the Cattaraugus reservation at the age of 4. I started making potter to sell at the age of 11 or so and I used to follow my father (Pete) to sell his art. We used to hitch-hike from "Bucktown" to the Seneca Nation clinic to sell when i was very young. It was our main source of income so I caught on quick. I've always liked clay as a medium, it can mimic stone when you carve it or it can be molded or added onto, it's just very versatile, What I like to do is incorporate Iroquois beadwork, wooden ladle and bone comb designs into my potter as well. The pit firing process gives the pieces a more raw and earthy look akin to the original pre-contact Iroquois pottery. My pen and ink drawings are something I've always down but have recently started showing. I work without a sketch of what I'm going to do and if I make a "mistake" I turn it into something else that usually ends up looking better than what I was originally trying to go for. Some originals are as large as 18x24 but most are 9x12. The subject matter of my drawings range from personal experience on and off the reservation as well as dreams and imaginations.

Ceramics- Apprentice to father Peter Jones, Design- Workshops with printmakers Jack Lamotte and Jean Lamarr, as well as self-taught

Some places I have shown and permanent collections:

Heard Museum- Phoenix, Arizona, Iroquois Indian Museum- Howes Cave, New York, Seneca-Iroquois Museum, Salamanca, New York, The Buffalo Gallery - Alexandria, Virginia, American Indian Contemporary Arts - San Francisco, California, Southern Plains Indian Museum - Anadarko, Oklahoma