Kate Malone, the celebrity judge on BBC televisions programme The Great British Throwdown

British celebrity ceramist Kate Malone offering ceramic workshops in SA


British celebrity ceramic artist Kate Malone will be touring South Africa in November 2018 presenting a series of full-day ceramic workshops to the public.

Kate is a renown ceramist who was an expert judge in the BBC series “The Great Pottery Throw Down” - akin to the Great British Bake Off, but with contestants pitting their pottery skills, rather than their baking, against each other.

During her 30 year career, in addition to her studio ceramics, Kate has produced over 20 large-scale public commissions that include a 1000 square meter ceramic building façade at 24 Saville Row in Mayfair, London.

She also created “The Wall of A Thousand Stories", an interactive storytelling device for the Royal Jubilee Children’s Library in Brighton UK, and “Bud”, the reception area sculpture for John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore USA. 


Kate’s ceramics can be found in more than 40 museums worldwide and in the UK her work is studied on the National Curriculum at both GCSE and A level.

Kate will also be the celebrity judge for a curated exhibition of ceramic art at the Rust-en-Vrede art gallery. Ceramic artists from across South Africa have entered their work for possible selection into the Corobrik National Ceramics Biennial Exhibition. The selected pieces will then be judged by Kate and an overall winner selected.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be invited to judge this event. I have never been to South Africa before and have heard it is the most wonderful place. I am looking forward to meeting the potters and seeing the works that they will present,” says Malone.

The ceramics biennale bringing Kate to South Africa opens on Sunday 11 November and runs until 4 December and offers a jam-packed feast of ceramics at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery and Clay Museum in Durbanville. 

Amongst the many attractions, there is a fun Curious Creatures ceramic sculpture garden, a brick art installation by acclaimed land artist and sculptor Strijdom van der Merwe, the Spot Ceramics Market – the only dedicated potters market in Durbanville and a very exciting Raku firing demonstration taking place at Rust-en-Vrede.

In addition in Cape Town on 17 November is the popular Rondebosch Potters Market with as many as 100 potters selling a wide range of ceramics.

Kate Malone Workshop dates:

  • Cape Town - Saturday 3 November
  • Port Elizabeth - 14 November,
  • Durban - 17 November
  • Johannesburg - 24 November

For more information and to book for Kate Malone’s workshops contact Carine Sloan at [email protected]