I explore people’s attachment to objects, I’m interested in how and why they evoke memories. I think people hold an amount of sentimentality from the aesthetics, associations, and tactility of ceramic objects and I use that in my work. I am inspired by jewellery and enjoy using it as a vehicle to tell a story.
Being small in stature, my work is absurdly large in scale. Blowing up or playing around with the scale of objects serves to magnify what it is to me that is attractive, amusing or just interesting. The scale of my pieces celebrates the every day (sometimes mundane) object that we commonly interact with, whether it is worn or used. I aim to capture the ‘character’ of the form.
I’d describe my work as fragile things I was never allowed to touch in shops. Through the process of making, I quite often find that narrative and scale plays an important part in bringing the viewer closer to the piece. In story telling we learn, interact and get to know one another.
I make one off and limited edition large scale ceramics, they are my ponderings and obsessions over everyday objects that we interact with. Over the last ten years these ponderings have materialised into a series of giant jewellery pieces; enormous charm bracelets, colossal pearl necklaces, and gigantic
Since graduating in 2002 from Camberwell (University of the Arts London) with a degree in Ceramics, I completed a two – year residency at The University College Falmouth, Cornwall as part of the Crafts Council’s respected Next Move Scheme.
My work has been exhibited at Collect in the V&A, Origin at Somerset House and select galleries across the UK and New York.
I am currently based in Surrey having won a Crafts Council Development Award in 2005, to set up my practice. I am an associate lecturer at Central St Martins on the Foundation Course, specialising in 3D Design & Ceramics.
Previous commercial clients include Topshop, Paul Smith, Marharishi, Agent Provocatuer, Coco De Mer and Halfpenny London. My work has been featured in, the Observer Magazine, Elle Deco, Vogue, The New York Times, Icon, and most recently Paris Vogue.
“Think jewellery for the home. Decorative autobiographical ceramics that rework traditional techniques in unexpected ways”
“Side stepping the polite conventions of studio pottery, Malkin delves into an exotic world of fantasy and kitsch, interpreted from a female perspective.”
“Her creations are pure decoration suggesting a dizzying opulence reminiscent of the luxury of the court of Versailles… Malkin’s pleasure in materials and witty choice of subject matter makes for a spectacular display of ceramics unlike anything you have seen before.”