Q&A Ceramicist Sarah Malone

Second in our Q&A series we have another of the Sale Arts Trail organisers and fabulous ceramicist Sarah Malone.

SARAH MALONE

What is your practice? materials? processes?

Using slip-casting, throwing and hand-building techniques I make small bottles, cups, bowls and lidded vessels. Driven by the desire for beauty and perfection and influenced by Japanese Inro, I attach coloured silk threads and porcelain beads to my work. I do not make with a function in mind; instead I am ruled by my heart and of being in the moment. I try to be true to the material and the processes and in doing so allow the material to speak for itself. I believe we are drawn to certain objects not just for their aesthetic beauty but the energy contained within them and this is what drives my practice.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Ceremony . Honesty . Delicacy . Intimacy . Narrative

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Do you have any design heroes?

My design hero would probably be William Morris, for his philosophy on art and design and for giving us the ‘The Arts and Crafts Movement’. I am going to break the rules here though and add the poet and Buddhist monk; Ryokan. The artists: Anthony Gormley and Barbara Hepworth. I would also like to mention potters: Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Lucy Rie, Hans Coper and more recently Margaret and David Frith.

Where is your studio? Pictures?

I work from my home studio in Sale. A few years ago we converted the old 60’s style concrete panel garage that was standing in the drive. We insulated it and clad it with wood, so it looks a bit like a timber cabin now. It’s a great place to work from, it’s so convenient as well as toasty warm in winter.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Spinning wheel, wet clay, hands working, body aching, happy face!

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment?

Inspired by Japanese Tea ceremonies, I have been making porcelain spoons with bamboo handles. Its early days in the design/making process but I would like to make a series, varying in scale. I would also like to combine them with my signature red thread and porcelain beads. Watch this space!

What are you selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new?

I will be selling my usual range of bottles, cups, bowls and lidded vessels but I will also have some new hand built trays, which are perfect for those Christmas nuts, sweets and chocolates. Oh, and some Christmas decorations too.

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Tell us something we don’t know

I have recently been lucky enough to photograph my ceramics in the setting of the Japanese Gardens at Tatton Park in Cheshire. It’s been a true privilege and an honour. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and it has sparked ideas for new work.

http://www.sarahmalone.co.uk

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