Kate Malone MBE

Born 1959, London, England

“In my ceramic artwork I am inspired by the optimism and joy in nature. My highly-coloured, natural forms brim with a sense of growth and abundance and aim to communicate the 'Life Force' to the viewer.”

Kate Malone is one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists with an illustrious career spanning thirty years.

She has developed an unmistakable and highly regarded style, evidenced by her unique, hand-made pots and intricately ornamented sculptures.

Observations of nature, particularly its fruits, nuts and berries are the overriding influence in Kate’s work. In addition to her exploration of nature, Kate has spent her career pioneering glazing techniques via research and experimentation in the chemistry of glazing. The sophistication of her glazes has led to some interesting collaborations with prominent architects and designers, working on inspiring public art projects in hospitals, schools, parks and libraries.

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Working in London

1979-1982   Bristol Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Ceramics
1983-1986   The Royal College of Art, London, MA

Kate Malone’s first encounter was at school aged 14. She describes this as a ‘eureka moment’ of discovery as she was instantly fascinated and drawn to this extraordinary material.

Kate has always endeavoured to make her artwork accessible to enthusiasts of all levels and dedicates much of her time to sharing her skills and expertise. She frequently visits schools and her work has been studied as part of the National Curriculum for Art over many years. She is also a regular contributor at specialist art events, and a judge on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Most recently, Kate had a solo exhibition at Waddesdon Manor in 2016, Inspired by Waddesdon. Drawing on the archives, architecture, collections, textiles, and gardens of the estate, Kate created a body of work rich in detail and showcasing her technical skill, and which delighted tens of thousands of visitors to the exhibition.

She lives with her husband and daughter in North London where she also has her studio.

Kate Malone has work in the following public collections:

Arts Council Collection, London
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
British Council Collection
Crafts Council, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Gallery Oldham, Oldham, Greater Manchester
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Museum of the Home, London
National Museum Cardiff, Wales
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham
Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
Stoke-On-Trent Museum, Stoke-On-Trent
The Cleveland Arts Trust
The Harley Foundation, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
The McManus, Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee
The Rothschild Foundation, Waddesdon
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
York Art Gallery, Yorkshire
Sèvres – Cité de la céramique, Sèvres, France
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, USA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA
Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec, Canada