Ian Jones began working with clay as a student at the Australian National University School of Art. He then worked as an apprentice for the late Doug Alexander at Cuppacumbalong Pottery, ACT and set up his own studio at Gundaroo, NSW in 1979. In 1982 he purchased a ruined stone church, Old St Luke's Church, and with help of an Australia Council grant built a 14 metre long wood-kiln, which was fired three times each year until 1989, when he went to Japan for three years.
In 2000, he returned to and, with Moraig McKenna, re-established the studio at Old St Luke's Church where he built a smaller (9 metre long) anagama kiln, and opened the Old Saint Luke's Studio Gallery, as an outlet for pottery with an emphasis on work that is wood-fired.
In 2006 he received an ACT Chief Minister's Creative Arts Fellowship, to produce work for an exhibition in Shigaraki, Japan in April 2007.