Kate Malone: Inspired by Waddesdon

Kate Malone, ceramicist in front of squashes and gourds at Eythrope garden

From 8 June to 16 October in the Coach House Gallery at the Stables, Kate Malone, one of the UK's leading ceramic artists, will have an exhibition of her new work inspired by the gardens, collections and archive at Waddesdon.

" I will cover new ground in this exhibition by working with new clay-types and creative techniques. My hope was to create a visual feast, with bountiful ceramic sculptures that interpret many aspects of Waddesdon's history. I aim to capture the very essence of Waddesdon through displaying a host of artworks which represent the land, farmers, builders, gardeners, and people who have worked and lived there "
- Kate Malone


Kate has drawn inspiration for her pieces from many elements of the collections, including Sèvres porcelain, works on paper and passementerie (decorative tassels, braids and fringing). The theatre of gourds and squashes created every autumn at Eythrope, the nearby private garden created by Alice de Rothschild in the late 19th century, has been a particular source of inspiration.

Kate Malone, pair of Waddesdon Estate Vases, 2016

Kate Malone, Pair of Waddesdon Estate Vases, 2016

Two monumental vases inspired by maps and plans of the Waddesdon Estate. The appliqué sprigged trees reference Baron Ferdinand's planting and landscape design. The incised names of the fields which proceeded the building of Waddesdon are written around the base of the vases. The green and blue glazes connect the landscape to the sky.

Craft and creativity pumpkin 2016, design by Kate Malone

Kate Malone, Craft and Creativity Pumpkin, 2016

Pumpkins are one of Kate's hallmarks but here they are treated in a completely new and innovative way by decorating with transfer prints, made in Stoke-on-Trent with images from drawings, prints, maps and plans from the Waddesdon collection and archive.

Her work is inspired by close inspection of nature, particularly its fruits, nuts and berries, and her fascination with the more abstract forces of life. Through research and experimentation, she has pioneered sophisticated new glazing techniques and has collaborated with architects and designers on innovative public art projects in hospitals, schools, parks and libraries.

She has works in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Manchester City Art Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and has also appeared as one of the two expert judges on the new BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down. Look out for the new series airing this autumn.

Find out more about Kate Malone and her ceramics

This is a selling exhibition mounted in collaboration with Adrian Sassoon