A Footed Bowl

Artist: Jim Malone (b.1946)
stoneware, the nuka glaze to the body and interior with running copper pours from the rim, regular impressed decoration to the body, marked with Ainstable Pottery and potter's seal.
Height: 8.5 cm
Diameter: 13 cm
Price: £475

Ombersley Gallery, June 2001
Purchased from the above by Peter Dingley
His Sale, Mallam’s Oxford, Design & Modern Art, 5 December 2019, lot 41

Jim Malone has been a notable figure in British ceramics since the late 1970s, working within the Anglo-Japanese tradition, and his work has an honest and open quality which connects directly with the viewer. These are pots to use but also to admire, a manifestation of many of the 'mingei' ideas that influenced Bernard Leach, the pioneer of craft pottery in Britain. Working with a repertoire of forms that connect to the history of studio ceramics, and using brushed and impressed decoration alongside a range of traditional glazes, Malone's work has a timeless yet contemporary quality. 

A bowl such as this one does not hide its materials, the method of manufacture or its hand-made quality, but it also allows these elements to shine forth and give it a quality beyond that required by pure function. 

This bowl bears the mark of the Ainstable Pottery, Cumbria, Malone's studio from 1984 to 2001


A Footed Bowl
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