Jim’s fired up for pottery exhibition

A NON-conformist potter will launch his new exhibition at Goldmark Gallery in Orange Street, Uppingham, tomorrow.

Jim Malone will exhibit at the gallery until October 15.

His approach to life has echoed throughout his potting career, leading him to become one of the most important and respected British potters working today.

Under the tutelage of Ian Godfrey, Ewan Henderson and Colin Pearson at Camberwell School of Art in the early 1970s, the Sheffield-born potter was further convinced of his calling when taken to see early Korean pots at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

His inspiration garnered from Far Eastern pottery gained momentum after he graduated, and soon he was producing highly accomplished work with an emphatic personal stamp all of his own.

He has now worked as a potter for more than 35 years, occasionally taking on residencies and lecturing posts.

At 64, he now lives in Cumbria with his partner, enjoying an almost entirely self-sufficient way of life, revelling in the self-imposed isolation. He continues to produce exquisite work, from his flaring bowls decorated with hakame and iron brushwork, to Korean style bottles and jugs all fired in his two chambered oriental climbing kiln.

Expect to see striking combinations of Tenmoku jars and slab bottles with brilliant blue/green copper pours, elegant bottles with perfectly proportioned necks finished with a rich olive Nuka and yunomi; teabowls, ashed and incised or ridged and stamped.

From very large bottles to the smallest of yunomis, they all display the natural unforced beauty distinctive not only of Malone’s pots, but also of the landscape in which he makes them. That is, as Jim says: “So long as the kiln gods smile on me”.

Entry to the gallery is free. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and Sundays from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

For more information visit www.modernpots.com