Ceramic artist Kate Malone’s potting skills are being showcased at an exhibition at London department store Fortnum & Mason this month.
Kate, who is currently starring as a co-judge on BBC2 series ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ which made its debut last night (Tuesday November 3), has worked with Burleigh to create four pieces to celebrate the exhibition which are based on her specially commissioned drawings.
Gourds, pineapples and tea cups and saucers are mixed with mottoes such as ‘Hooray for Clay,’ ‘Fortnum & Mason’ and ‘Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance’ in a celebration of clay and Englishness.
Kate said: “Where better could I have dreamed of than Burleigh? History, tradition and quality all rolled together. And as if that wasn’t enough… it’s a real thrill to be asked to produce four mug designs for Fortnum & Mason. My objective with this little range of four mugs is to celebrate ceramics, clay and tea – to cheer the user with symbols of optimism and fun. I very much enjoy working with clay, and I aim to transmit this feeling through my designs.”
Kate’s exhibition, which is taking place on the first floor in the Fortnum & Mason exhibition area, has been arranged by Adrian Sassoon, Kate’s exclusive dealer. The exhibits, along with Kate’s special mugs (which sell at £20), will be available from the Fortnum & Mason exhibition space and www.fortnumandmason.com.