In this live Periscope broadcast gallery writer Max takes a look at some of the new pots by Jim Malone made for his September 2016 exhibition at the Goldmark Gallery.
A small correction – the first pot shown in this film isn’t a Tenmoku glaze, but rather a Kaki glaze, rich in iron, giving the pot its russet red colour.
Now in his 70th year and after an incredible 40 years of making, Malone has produced an extraordinary collection of pots to celebrate a lifetime’s dedication to his craft in our upcoming exhibition on Saturday 17th September.
Born in Sheffield and brought up in Wales, Jim Malone began working as a teacher before attending Camberwell School of Art, setting up his first studio workshop after graduating in 1976.
In the four decades hence he has established a reputation as one of the country’s foremost throwers, a potter in the mould of the legendary Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew making expressive functional ceramics with an unwavering personal voice.
Now situated in Cumbria amidst the dramatic peaks of the North-West, Malone continues to enliven the Anglo-Oriental ceramic tradition with his pots, throwing locally sourced clay on his Korean kick-wheel and firing in a magnificent two-chambered kiln.
A maker of consummate skill and expertise, his craft is not merely an occupation but a way of life, a lifelong devotion to the lasting beauty of handmade ceramics.
The pots shown in thie film represent just a fraction of the over-200 pots Malone has made for the exhibition, a remarkable selection of work that shows a potter at the very height of his expressive powers.
Each pot is available to view and buy in the gallery now and will be appearing online at www.goldmarkart.com in the coming weeks. A 64-page catalogue with essay and photography will be produced to accompany the exhibition.