Jim Malone is born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. He took a three year teacher training course (1966-1969) in North Wales. In 1969 he married Audrey Brant and moved to London. There he began teaching art in a secondary school in Essex. In 1972 he was enrolled at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London to study a foundation course in art, followed by three years studying BA Hons Ceramics. He graduated in 1976. In 1975 he studied with Ray Finch at Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire. In 1976 he moved to Llandegla in North Wales and established a workshop on the Horseshoe Pass. He received a Crafts Council, New Craftsman Grant. He was artist in residence at Cardiff College of Art and as a visiting lecturer at Camberwell School of Art in 1980. In 1981-2 he was a visiting lecturer at Wrexham College of Art. In 1982 Malone accepted a full-time lecturing post at Cumbria College of Art and moved to Carlisle. In 1984 he purchased the former blacksmith's premises in Ainstable, and began workshop conversion. In 1990 with the workshop and kiln complete, he returned to fulltime potting and a series of regular solo exhibitions.
Jim is a potter of considerable importance. His influences are oriental - Chinese and Korean. He works mainly in stoneware with incised or brushed decoration. His work is to be seen in many public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. Manchester Metropolitan University have published a slide set with commentary and a video -'Jim Malone Artist-Potter' (text: studiopottery.com).
JIM MALONE POTTERY
Dairy Lea Cottage
Cumbria. CA7 0EA TELEPHONE:: 01697 345241
Visit his website: www.jimmalonepottery.co.uk
Jim Malone throwing 1; Jim Malone throwing 2; Jim malone in a showroom (source vimeo.com); signature JM and Ainstable Pottery seals (source MAAK Autions, London); lidded pot (source website of the artist); fluted vase, h. 30 cm (source MAAK Auctions, London); large vase, ca. 1990, h. 38 cm (source MAAK Auctions, London).