Projects – Overview

Jay Bonner has worked professionally in the field of Islamic architectural ornament since completing his MDes at the Royal College of Art, London in 1982. As a specialist in the fields of Islamic geometric and floral design, he has worked on many projects in the Middle East, Pakistan, Europe and the United States (please see the Curriculum Vitae section of this website). In addition to traditional Islamic two-dimensional geometric and floral design, Jay Bonner is also a specialist in Islamic three-dimensional ornamental conventions. These include muqarnas, yezdi bendi vaulting, rasmi vaulting (a.k.a. squinch net, or star vaulting), as well as the techniques required for the application of geometric patterns onto the three-dimensional surfaces of domes.

The work represented in this section covers a wide range of materials and fabricating technologies. Over the years, Jay Bonner has been particularly concerned with the constraints that materials and production processes bear upon design. This specialized knowledge extends to the work of both traditional hand-craftsmanship, as well as state-of-the-art machine fabricated processes. The diversity of materials and manufacturing techniques with which he is experienced includes decorative ceramic tile; traditional cut-tile mosaic; hand carved wood; laser-cut inlaid wood marquetry; hand carved stone; water-jet cut inlaid stone; pre-cast glass reinforced gypsum panels and vaults; stained glass set in gypsum, stained glass set in lead; cast bronze; and chemically etched stainless steel. First as a graduate student and later as a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art, Jay Bonner specialized in the field of Islamic architectural ceramics: focusing primarily upon traditional glaze chemistry. In order to insure the highest quality of production, Jay Bonner is often contracted to provide on-site quality control during the manufacturing process of his ornamental work.

Unless otherwise stated, Jay Bonner was the sole designer of the ornamental work represented in this section. In some identified projects, he was part of a design team. Most of the ornament in this section was designed using AutoCAD. Jay Bonner also uses Rhino3D and Adobe Illustrator.