Category Archives: Found Jars

A late jar surprise

4 years on, this project still has the capacity to surprise me. Back in April of this year, one of the jars was found and reported for a second time. Yep, jars are still very occasionally turning up in the wild!

Jar No 272

Jar No 272
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 272, Sept 2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional)::

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Seen a jar

Number on lid of jar: 272

Your name (optional): : Oli Brown

Date jar found (optional): 16/04/2015

Where is the jar now? (optional): same place

Congrats on your find, Oli Brown, they’re incredibly rare now.

So there you go, Jar 272 is ‘in the same place’ apparently. Unfortunately, since I don’t know where the first finder, Rupert Small, moved it to, I have no idea where that place actually is! But in his original report, Rupert mentions the postcode BS8 1QT, so it may well be in that area. From Google maps, that postcode is around The Triangle in Clifton. Happy hunting, Bristol jar fans.

Ancient jar reports

I’m embarrassed at how long it’s taken me to post these but they’re here now.


Jar No 225

Jar No 255
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 225, August 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 225

Your name (optional): lloyd

Date jar found (optional): 4.9.11

Where is the jar now? (optional): At home

Alex & Cristina adopted this Hebden Bridge jar – I’m always especially pleased when an adopted jar is found.


Jar No 205

Jar No 205
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 205, July 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 205

Your name (optional): George

Date jar found (optional): 23/9/11

Hello. I work with Allison and when she told me about the jars, I
wanted to join in. I found number 205 and reported it yesterday and I
have just come back from a wander around Clifton, but no luck yet. We
(Mum’s Mum, Mum and I!) went to look for jar 247 as I recognised the
area behind but there was no sign. I’m reasonably sure we found the
right place -Cumberland Road, on the river side of the road under the
footbridge by the newsagent. We looked in the gravel behind the brick
wall, all the way along, but no sign. Hopefully it just hasn’t been
recorded yet and it isn’t missing. I have taken a photo, if needed.
We are all really enjoying looking for your jars, it’s such a
fantastic idea.

Thanks for letting me know, George. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to blog your find.


Jar No 292

Jar No 292
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 292, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
292

Your name (optional): Sarah

Date jar found (optional): 22.10.’11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Pretty!

Where is the jar now? (optional): On my desk. This one’s staying with
me, it’s so sparkly! It’ll be going on the windowsill 🙂

Glad you liked it, Sarah. It is definitely one of the more sparkly jars.


Very old jar updates

Surprise – two posts in a month!

I didn’t get round to posting these jar reports at the time but I’m slowly getting caught up with myself. I know that I have more jar reports that need blogging but unfortunately, I need to wade through several hundred emails to find them. And then I have to wade through the blog to check that I haven’t already blogged them. It’s non-trivial.

Btw, the very observant amongst you may notice that the blog has had a spring clean and a new look. This was mostly necessity since my old theme was getting buggy and while I was trying to change it yesterday, I managed to spectacularly crash the entire website. There were tears when I realised that I hadn’t backed up since January (back up your data, people!) but thankfully through the miracle of Twitter and Google I fixed it.

Jar No 301

Jar No 301
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 301, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 301

Your name (optional): Theo’s little brother Max

Date jar found (optional): 30th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
we are jar hunters.

Where is the jar now? (optional): at home

This is one of my all-time favourite jar forms. Max’s clear statement of identity, “we are jar hunters” just blew my mind. I did a project that changed how people saw themselves and that feels incredible. I hope that is something I can hold onto on days when my art feels like a nebulous and fragile thing.


Jar No 304

Jar No 304
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 304, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 304

Your name (optional): Theo’s little brother Max

Date jar found (optional): today

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Extreme cleverness in spotting it.

Where is the jar now? (optional): At home.

Well done for your extreme cleverness, Max!


Jar No 330

Jar No 330
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 330, Nov 2011

Note: Theo and family sometimes reported their finds via email rather than the usual form. This is from mum, Siân & I’ve edited it slightly to remove personal details.

We (the Theo’s!) found the lovely 330 on New Year’s Day. I hope it is the first found jar of 2012.

So, we were on the way home. Driving up Clifton Park. I shout, Toby, that looks like a weed I’ve seen before – pull over!

Milly & I jumped out, there was a car driving along so I tried to look nonchalant but Milly went ahead and grabbed it.

We were all chuffed that we found an old-ish jar in the new-ish year.

Well done to our jar-hunting family for these finds.


Jar No 365

Jar No 365
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 365, July 2012

Jar No 365 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 365 in situ, July 2012

Contents: Fabric, thread
Released into wild: 10/7/12 at 11.50
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo

Comments:

Well, the last jar of the project. Which I finished the night before we moved up to Hebden Bridge and dashed out and placed on the morning of our move. What, doesn’t everyone finish an overdue art project on the same day as they move house?

The jar project had gotten so tied up in my head with the break-up and house move that I couldn’t bring myself to create the last jar until the very end of our time in Bristol. Which was somewhat unfortunate since the project was supposed to have finished in 2011 and I didn’t make and walk the last jar until July 2012 and now it’s May 2013 and I’ve still not finished blogging the project. ‘About time’ indeed! Oh the embarrassment. Ah well, better late than never.

Jar No 365 close up

This final and very special jar was kindly sponsored by Karen Kirkpatrick. Thank you so much Karen, and I am sorry you’ve had to wait such a ridiculously long time to see your sponsored jar.

The last jar went to a good home… guess who!

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
365

Your name (optional): Theo

Date jar found (optional): 31/07/12

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Hello Kirsty I have found jar no 365 now we need to rescue the bunny.

Where is the jar now? (optional): On the kitchen table.

So now I just have to trawl through the unblogged jar forms and sort out my hideous mess of sadly neglected jar databases. I honestly can’t quite believe how much moving house and changing computers has thrown me.


Jar No 364

Jar No 364
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 364, July 2012

Jar No 364 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 364 in situ, July 2012

Contents: Photograph
Released into wild: 9/7/12 at 19.55
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Toby

Comments:

This bunny jar is an ode to all the other things I found on walls and fences during my year of jar walking. Possibly the oddest thing I found was an unopened loaf of bread.

Jar No 364 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 364 close up, July 2012

I found and photographed this lost bunny on an earlier jar walk – I hope it was reunited with its small child.

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
364

Your name (optional): Toby

Date jar found (optional): 24/08/12

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
On the way to Sainsburys. Just looked & saw the spot. This one had
been really difficult, but just by chance…

Where is the jar now? (optional): In the opticians

Not sure what the jar was doing at the opticians but I hope it had fun.


Jar No 351

Jar No 351
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351, Dec 2011

Jar No 351 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351 in situ, Dec 2011

Jar No 351 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 31/12/11 at 22.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo and Toby

Comments:

The last day of the year but sadly, not the last day of the project – I have another two weeks to do before I’m caught up after my sick leave towards the end of the year.

Jar No 351 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 351 close up, Dec 2011

I was absolutely thrilled to see the back of 2011, which was an immensely painful and difficult year for me. There were still joys though and although it has taxed me severely, this project has definitely been been one of those.

Of course, in any year, there is loss and pain but my hope for 2012 is that we can collectively turn away from austerity and joylessness to a brighter future where community, creativity and respect for our fellow beings shines out of all of us.


Jar No 348

Jar No 348
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 348, Dec 2011

Jar No 348 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 348 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing over photograph
Released into wild: 28/12/11 at 11.34
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s brother, Max on 29/12/11

Comments:

Picking up the reins of the project after a break of more than a week is a huge relief.

I’d been afraid that I wouldn’t want to restart at all but even though I couldn’t walk far, it felt so good to get out of the house and stretch myself. Despite being more than ready to stop the project, I still love my jars and I got a little flutter of joy when I released this one into the wild.

Jar No 348 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 348 close up, Dec 2011

Moving house at the end of January is a big motivation to get on and finish these last few jars. I definitely need to get the project finished before the house move takes over.

Adopt-A-Jar

There’s still time to sponsor a jar before the project ends.


Jar No 347

Jar No 347
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347, Dec 2011

Jar No 347 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 in situ, Dec 2011

Jar No 347 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Clay, wire
Released into wild: 15/12/11 at 20.53 + 28/12/11 at 11.41
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Siân on 28/12/11

Comments:

This jar had a weird history.

I placed it on my birthday but I wasn’t happy with the photos I’d taken. So when I was walking past on Christmas Eve and spotted that it was still in place, I reclaimed it and took it home for Christmas.

Jar No 347 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 close up, Dec 2011

I rephotographed it and replaced it in its original spot today. This is against the rules but I’m kinda playing fast and loose with the rules at this point.

Jar No 347 close up blurred
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 347 close up, Dec 2011

Actually, I had intended to take it home, photograph and then take it straight back but in the event, I was far too exhausted by carrying the last minute Christmas groceries. Today is the first day I’ve been able to get out of the house to replace it: this project has been a constant education in my limits and endurance.

Thanks

Many thanks to my brother, Duncan, who kindly left me a jar donation on my birthday with the following words…

“Happy birthday Kirsty. Hope this is useful as you push through to the end of your project. Really enjoyed following this one.”

Isn’t that lovely! Thanks Duncs.

If you’d also like show your appreciation for this year of jars, click here to leave a donation or sponsor a jar.


October jars from Allison

Jar No 281

Jar No 281
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 281, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 281

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 12th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Sorry, I’m late logging these October jars.

Where is the jar now? (optional): It’s a keeper.

Don’t worry, Allison, I am spectacularly late in blogging them! Well done for finding Jar No 281, how many do you have now?


Jar No 284 and 288

Jar No 284
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 284, Oct 2011

Jar No 288
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 288, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 284 and 288

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 16th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Finding Jars to re-release.

Have these jars been re-released or sent somewhere yet, Allison?


Jar No 294

Jar No 294
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 294, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 294

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 25th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
A great jar. So glad I found this one.

Where is the jar now? (optional): In my cloakroom gallery. It’s not as
big as Theo’s, perhaps I should up my game!

I’m glad you found and kept this one, Allison, it’s one of my own favourites.


Jar No 280 and 299

Jar No 280
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 280, Oct 2011

Jar No 299
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 299, Oct 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
280 and 299

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 28th October

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
I went looking for a different jar and found these instead.

Where is the jar now? (optional): One to keep and one to re-release.


Catching up with November

Gradually working my way backwards through my submitted jar forms. What, isn’t that what everyone does on Christmas Eve? I am listening to Christmas songs on YouTube at the same time, which obviously makes it properly festive.

Jar No 272

Jar No 272
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 272, Sept 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 272

Your name (optional): rupert small

Date jar found (optional): about a month ago

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
i was collecting (actually stealing) figs and saw a jar with a picture
in. my first impression was that it was some kind of anonymous
present, for anyone to take. so i reached up and grabbed it, before i
realised the mission statement on the lid. i liked the mission
statement (a bit, not too much), so i took the jar home. its also a
big ego-stroker: i’m one of 365 of 7 billion! wow!

Where is the jar now? (optional): BS8 1QT

I love that Rupert recognised how special and rare it is to find a jar. It’s especially tough to find a jar when you’re a new person because there’s such competition from my elite cadre of regulars.

I’m not clear from this form whether Rupert has kept Jar No 272 or if he’s re-released it at the post code mentioned. It might be worth taking a look around that area if you’re a jar hunter.


Jar No 310

Jar No 310
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 310, Nov 2011

The little froggie jar took a bit of finding. According to his wife, Siân, it took Toby two goes to find it…

“Toby went back and had a better look and 310 was there after all. He says it was well buried in the leaf litter. Lovely jar!”


An update from Ruth

I also heard from Ruth Churchman back in November.

Ruth is a regular reader and found two of the jars that I released up in Scotland. She re-released Jar No 100 in Newcastle ages ago and recently went back to check on it.

Jar No 100
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 100, April 2011

Ruth wrote:

“I went past the spot in Newcastle I released Jar No. 100, and it has definitely gone.

I came down to Bristol briefly in August for a friend’s wedding, sorry didn’t get in touch, time was tight. I had brought down Jar No. 99 and left it with my brother, Ian, in Brighton (Hove actually) so he could release it there for the Big Jar Adventure, however you beat him to it, and he’s looking out for a friend to send it to in another city.

So now I am jarless!! I brought the jar down with me, with a misguided confidence that I could easily find a jar to replace it in Clifton on my visit. I popped into Clifton with my friend Amanda (finder of jar no. 98), and wandered all around the area you live, and the central area rummaging behind walls, under hedges, by railings, but no luck 🙁 I did manage to buy some wool and lovely buttons in Clifton though, and had coffee and cake in the cafe attached to the deli there, lovely. I’m trying to do some long distance jar hunting, and worked out where the Mary Poppins graffiti is in Lewes, and have instructed my brother to go find it, but he hasn’t got around to it, I guess he just hasn’t got the jar hunting bug, like me. I would so love a knitting related jar, and would keep it forever. On a knitting note, I have just released my 1st knitting pattern, thought as an experienced knitter you might like
it – wrote a blog post about the design.

Glad the project is still continuing, I realise what a challenge it’s been. Well done, you’re nearly there!
love
Ruth”

Ah lucky you, Ruth, sounds like you visited The Arch House Deli, which is my favourite cafe in Clifton. Thanks for letting me know about your jars, it’s such a shame that Jar No 100 has vanished, I hope someone reports it eventually. Please let me know where Jar No 99 ends up if your brother finds a home for it.