Kate Malone Balls Pond Open Studio weekend 2nd & 3rd December 2017
Kate Malone, ceramic artist and Judge of the BBC2 Great Pottery Throw Down,¬†will open her London studio doors for her annual open studio weekend on the¬†2nd and 3rd December 2017, between 11am and 7pm. at 8B Culford Mews,¬†London, N1 4DX
Built by her husband, Graham Inglefield, Balls Pond Studio has been their family¬†home and Malone‚Äôs studio for 31 years.
Malone is one of the UK‚Äôs foremost ceramic artists, with a career spanning over¬†30 years. The objective of her work is to convey an optimistic spirit – the main¬†inspiration being nature and the ‚Äėlife-force‚Äô. Malone works in three areas of¬†ceramics: Decorative Arts: Public Art; and glaze research. Malone makes¬†ceramics from eggcups to huge building facades (24 Savile Row) and has a huge¬†Crystalline glaze research archive that feeds all aspects of her work.
Her work is¬†part of numerous public collections around the world, including the V&A¬†London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Manchester Art Gallery, Bristol City¬†Museum, LACMA Los Angeles, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs Montreal.
To maintain a treasured connection with the local community and a wider¬†educational audience, Malone opens the splendid sculpted metal gates of her¬†studios once a year to all who are interested. Malone shares her technical¬†knowledge and her enthusiasm for the field, and has made open day work¬†especially for sale at an affordable price. This is the only time that Malone‚Äôs work¬†is for sale other than through exhibitions with her art dealer Adrian Sassoon.
Traditionally Kate invites selected apprentices and colleagues to show their¬†work beside hers at the open weekends. This year it is Anna Barlow, Miray¬†Mehmet Fontanelli, Erika Albrecht and also her Great Pottery Throw Down¬†colleague Rich Miller of Froyle Tiles. Malone and her guest exhibitors will each¬†put a piece as prizes for the charity raffle to assist Clay College in Stoke-on Trent¬†for which Malone is a patron.
Guest Exhibitors at the open weekend
Barlow constructs luscious sculptures using realistic ceramic representations of¬†ice cream, cakes and other sweet foods as a basis to tell a story or to build a¬†fantasy around food. It is the juxtaposition of temporary ice cream and¬†permanent ceramic that inspire the solidification of a fleeting, melting moment.¬†The work aims to not only provoke a visual impression but also a physical¬†reaction and hopes to play with ‚Äúvisual edibility‚ÄĚ www.annabarlowceramics.com
Miray Mehmet Fontanelli
Miray Mehmet Fontanelli makes strong simple wheel thrown forms. Complemented¬†with a tonal palate of hand mixed glazes, accentuating surface and texture. She¬†creates small editions, which bridge the line between functional and decorative,¬†useful and spiritual.¬†www.mm-ceramics.com
Albrecht was traditionally trained in Hungary as a specialist in ceramic enamel fine¬†painting. Her work combines the ancient tradition of hand painted porcelain¬†exploring an intense relationship between shapes, vivid colours, and the ancient¬†obsession with fine detail. Her work draws inspiration from the beauty of nature. Her¬†pieces are hand made from bone china and porcelain, however unlike traditional¬†hand crafted porcelain, she embraces the imperfection of hand made to celebrate¬†the movement of the material, as with the individuality of nature.
Miller will be familiar to many viewers of The Pottery Throw Down as the on-screen¬†technician. His work is predominantly wheel thrown stoneware and makes reference¬†to historical design patterns. Heavily influenced by research carried out for his tile¬†company, Froyle Tiles. It draws on themes of British colonialism and the way in¬†which the UK has become an eclectic mix of cultural styles, as immigration has¬†brought with it a rich source of influence. Miller has a particular interest in things¬†that have stylistically become adopted by the British mainstream.
A new independent college in Stoke-on-Trent teaching ceramics on a traditional¬†intensive course .The aim is for master potters of England to pass on their skills to¬†create a new generation of makers. www.claycollegestoke.co.uk
History of Balls Pond Studio
Balls Pond Studio was built by Kate‚Äôs husband Graham Inglefield, it houses one of the¬†largest studio kilns in London. Thousands of pots have passed out from the sculpted¬†metal gates to new homes around the world. Finally, after 31 years in the building,¬†Kate and Graham have decided to live half of the time in Kent and half in London so¬†Balls Pond Studio is currently for sale on the Modern House website¬†www.themodernhouse.com
Kate and Graham will move just three doors along the¬†mews to a new build by Graham, so the move is not too drastic.
In 1986, having searched for many months on their bicycles in the age of no mobile¬†phones, Kate and Graham found and purchased 157 Balls Pond Road. An almost¬†derelict Georgian terrace built in 1812, with a long corrugated iron covered yard to¬†the rear backing onto Culford Mews. No one had lived in the house since 1925 it had¬†been used for a ladder hire company and North London Plant Hire.
Over 15 years Inglefield restored the house and built the Balls Pond Studios to the¬†back of the house Whilst Malone potted away and ran communal studios. The¬†couple dreamt of creating a studio that would serve both Kate in her ambition to¬†‚ÄúPot as well as equip other makers. Balls Pond Studio was thus born.157 Balls Pond¬†Rd was featured on international television and articles in major magazines and
A Communal Studio
For many years the studio was a communal ceramics studio, run on a not for profit¬†basis, with one of the largest kilns in London. It housed 14 ceramists ranging in age¬†from 19 to 70, of up to 7 different nationalities at any one time, all squeezed in and¬†sharing the equipment and space. With occasional artists in residence and a small¬†gallery it was fully rewarding to see so many artists enjoying this small space just
4.4 meters wide and 20 meters long.¬†In 2001, the Balls Pond Rd era ended and they moved behind onto Culford Mews,¬†they converted the top floor to become their home, and use the ground floor as¬†Malone‚Äôs studio. Members of the Balls Pond Studios went onto to set-up ‚Äėlike ‚Äď
minded‚Äô studios in Kent, Dalston and Islington. So the philosophy of sharing studios¬†was carried forward. At the time the studios were started there were not many¬†shared spaces in London. Sharing and serving communities are the essence of¬†Malone‚Äôs practice.
Adrian Sassoon: www.adriansassoon.com
Anna Barlow : www.instagram.com/annabarlowceramics
Miray Mehmet: www.instagram.com/miray_mehmet_fontanelli
Erika Albrecht: www.instagram.com/erikaalbrechtceramics
Rich Miller: www.instagram.com/richmillerpots