Merryn Jones completed her Diploma in Visual Arts and Design at EIT in 1999, specializing in glass casting. She has exhibited extensively over the past few years, and has supplied works to the 2000 SOFA Exhibition, Chicago, to Washington's NZ Embassy, and to London. Her cast glass works can be found in private collections throughout NZ and Australia, in the UK and in the USA; a corporate commission made its debut in the National Bank public foyer in Christchurch in 2000 – a cascade of delicate glass leaves bobbing gently off the wall on steel wires, while similar installations have gone to Washington, San Francisco and Sydney.
In her exhibition, Wright Angles, in January 2001, Jones won acclaim from reviewers describing her work as ‘gorgeous cast glass’, ‘world-class production...clean lines, tight artistic control and precision geometry... Merryn Jones finds in her glass vessels the power to combine feminine grace with industrial strength.’(1)
In April 2003, Jones was invited by the Chief Executive of the Ebeltoft Museum of International Contemporary Glass in Denmark to visit and contribute work to their Museum . Two pieces of glass now form a part of the Ebeltoft's permanent collection.
Of Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Raukawa descent, Jones has come home to Waipawa in beautiful Central Hawkes Bay, where her great-great-grandparents lived. She is constantly inspired by the landscape, barren hills and green valleys, shingly rivers, and surf-pounded beaches, by the way the ever-changing light changes on the surfaces of the landscape around her - sculptural forms within her environment, and the creative and spiritual force behind her work.
(1)'Remarkable, classy exhibition' reviewed by David Wilson, Hawkes Bay Today, 31st January, 2001