Jonah Jones’s major public commissions included work for the chapels of Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire; Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire; and Loyola Hall, Rainhill, Merseyside; St Patrick’s Catholic church, Newport, Gwent; the National Museum Cardiff; Coleg Harlech, Gwynedd; and Mold Crown Court, Flintshire. His private work is marked by a preoccupation with Christian imagery and biblical themes (particularly that of Jacob), the Welsh mythological tales of the Mabinogion, the landscape of North Wales, and ‘the Word’ (“The Word was central to my working life”, as he explained in a 1998 essay).
He found time, too, to work in the field of art education, acting as external assessor and examiner to many colleges of art throughout the UK from 1961 to 1992. He served for a four-year period as director of Dublin’s National College of Art and Design, 1974–1978, a period in which he was also a director of the Kilkenny Design Workshops.
Novels: A Tree May Fall, Bodley Head, 1980, ISBN 0370303202; Zorn, William Heinemann Ltd, 1987, ISBN 0434377341. Travel: The Lakes of North Wales, Whittet Books, 1983, ISBN 0905483545; republished by Y Lolfa, 2002, ISBN 0862436265. Essays: The Gallipoli Diary, Seren Books/Poetry Wales Press Ltd, 1989, ISBN 1854110101. Biography: Clough Williams-Ellis: Architect of Portmeirion, Seren Publishing, 1997, ISBN 1854112147.
and published posthumously:
Diaries and letters: The Gregynog Journals, Scene & Word Ltd, 2010, ISBN 9780956431400; republished in paperback 2019, ISBN 9780956431417; Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector, Seren Publishing, 2018, ISBN 9781781724798.