Kate Malone: Inspired by Waddesdon
22 Mar-16 Oct 2016
Kate Malone, one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists, exhibits new work inspired by the gardens, collections and archive at Waddesdon.
Kate Malone, one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists, exhibits new work inspired by the gardens, collections and archive at Waddesdon. She has drawn inspiration 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.
Short silent film of Kate Malone’s inspiration at Waddesdon
Follow Kate Malone around the house and grounds at Waddesdon as she works on her initial design ideas for her exhibition here.
Kate on Waddesdon:
‘I could not have imagined that this collection of work would exist two years ago; they were not in my mind at all. The character portraits of Miss Alice and Baron Ferdinand, the knotted and twisted surface of the passementerie pieces, the large pair of Waddesdon Estate Vases with the winding road and planted formations of trees; none were planned from the start. These works of art are not only a surprise to me, but also a testimony to the phenomenon that is Waddesdon; the people and place that have germinated this work.’ Kate Malone
About Kate Malone
Kate Malone’s work is inspired by close observation of nature, particularly its fruits, nuts and berries, and her fascination with the more abstract forces of life. Through research and experimentation, Malone has pioneered sophisticated new glazing techniques and has collaborated with architects and designers on innovative public art projects in hospitals, schools, parks and libraries.
Kate’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Manchester City Art Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.