FOR JIM MALONE,
clay is an infinitely varied and mysterious element in itself, and
capable of infinite surprises,even to an old hand. It is a a matter
of being open to the possibilities,and taking new risks in each
cycle of making. As Jim's great teacher and friend Ewen Henderson
stressed, what is the point of re-exploring the same territory?
In Malone's case this questioning dialogue is manifested in a remarkably
free three-dimensional eye and an expansive use of glazes and slips
that become an extension of the clay, and not simply a covering.
His enviably relaxed throwing is part of a particularly attentive
alliance with the substances he uses, as is the remarkable spontaneity
of his tides of colour and incised drawing.
Extract from an essay by David Whiting to accompany a solo exhibition
by Jim Malone held at the Oakwood Gallery in 2000