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Tutti Frutti Bubble Pyramid 2004

Kate Malone (born 1959, London, England, UK)

Tutti Frutti Bubble Pyramid
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of Adrian Sasson, London

One of the most colourful and exciting potters working in Britain today, Kate studied Ceramics firstly at Bristol Polytechnic and later at the Royal College of Art. She has studios in London and on the French Riviera. The seven layers of balls build up into a pyramid. In both shape and colour, it expresses exuberance. This piece is really meant to be played with. Malone says, 'I have been making ceramics for 30 years ... I am in love with it. I am fascinated by the way materials change with the heat.' Each of the 140 round balls was made from press-moulded hemispheres carefully joined together. A special clay known as T Material was used for its flexibility and tolerance to multiple glaze firings. Three coats of Rosso, a red earthenware glaze, were painstakingly painted on and fired separately. Then came the final layer of coloured ‘Pebble’ glazes, their special effect being to fragment the colour surface and allow the red layers to shine through. Technically this piece was extremely difficult to make because the layers warped in the firing. It is therefore a one-off, unique piece

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson at the second COLLECT exhibition held at the V&A Museum, London
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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