Kate Malone MBE wants to show you around her studio, and give you a back-to-basics Masterclass on how she prepares her clay, hand-builds her forms, and glazes her amazing pieces.
In this 1-hour 45-minute masterclass, you’re going to take a tour around Kate’s studio, and learn Kate Malone’s tips and tricks for:
- Understanding your clay,
- Making and using Coils,
- Rolling Slabs,
- Hand modelling,
- And Glazing
Kate will also be discussing decorative arts, public art, and glaze research.
✔ Instant Access to my Workshop
Instant Access to watch and download my 1-hour-45-minute long workshop.
✔ My Q&A
Watch my 30-minute Q&A where I answer questions about the process.
✔ Lifetime Access to the Replays
The workshop Q&A have been recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it. You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time.
Kate Malone was born in London; she studied at Bristol Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. After graduating she set up a studio in London and has recently acquired a studio in the country. Malone is concerned with organic forms and her work is strongly sculptural. Her pots take on the forms of vessels and although her works look as though they should function, that is not their prime motivation for Malone sees herself as a ‘maker of decorative objects’.
Malone’s shapes – gourds, pumpkins, pineapples and the like – are drawn from nature and celebrate fecundity. She works with T material clay which is more often associated with industrial ceramics; this material is white and renders her glazes bright. She has a number of basic forms which begin as a coiled piece and are then, as she describes, “dressed, like people wearing different coats” with additions of press moulds and modelling on the surface. Malone uses a bright and vibrant palette that gives her works a strong visual impact. The interior glazes are applied with a slip trailer and swilled around, and the exterior painted with big brushes. The crystals are held in the glaze in suspension, the rising and lowering of temperatures in the kiln causes the crystals to grow in much the same way as they do in nature. Crystalline glazes are notoriously difficult to handle but they have a unique and uncontrollable beauty as they flow and collect making the opening of the kiln ‘like unwrapping a present’.