Art and ceramics alumna success as global artist and TV judge

Ceramics alumna Kate Malone has gone on to become a global artist and TV judge. Her incredible rise to fame includes becoming a judge on the BBC2's The Great Pottery Throw Down. With studios in Barcelona, Provence and London, Kate's extraordinary designs can be found in hospitals, schools, libraries and parks worldwide.

Kate Malone

Gathering creative inspiration

Of her time doing her Art Foundation and Ceramics BA at UWE Bristol, Kate enthuses: "The location was a dream, to be close to the countryside. My fellow students were very mixed and interesting. I am still in contact with a few of them now."

At UWE Bristol (then known as Bristol Polytechnic), Kate made full use of the abundance of "visiting makers and lectures, materials and technical help. I feel so fortunate to have had that. It gave me a solid start to learning. The course was technically brilliant and artistically balanced".

Developing essential skills

"I learned a wide spectrum of essential skills of the main ceramic processes. These were thorough and well-taught by excellent teachers. I was very lucky. This base set of knowledge gave me a firm ground on which to move forward. I am not sure I would have done so well without it.

"It gave me the best opportunity I could have wished for in all aspects. It was the springboard to an MA at the Royal College of Art."

Taking her art to a global market

After getting her MA in Ceramics, Kate stayed on in London and, alongside her husband Graham, set up a centre for ceramic excellence and craft making. She also met her agent, Adrian Sassoon, who helped take her ceramic art and design to the global market through exclusive art fairs and shows in New York, London and Maastricht.

Kate remains grounded, despite her meteoric career that has included meeting the Queen, displaying work all over the world and working alongside architects to make the facade of the Savile Row building. In addition to her work as judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down, Kate cites her most exciting, rewarding career moment as "opening the kiln and seeing a new pot, after all the care, pleasure and hard work of making it".

"UWE Bristol gave me the knowledge I needed to move on to London and take on the world of ceramics, which is a full and wonderful world."

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