In Conversation with Kit Kemp, Kate Malone, Nina Campbell and Grant Gibson at Ham Yard Hotel

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To celebrate the launch of FiredUp4, Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels Kit Kemp will be in conversation with leading ceramicist Kate Malone and interior designer Nina Campbell. The panel discussion will be chaired by design writer, editor and podcast host of Material Matters, Grant Gibson.

The panel will discuss the benefits of ceramics and creativity, the importance of craft and championing craftspeople, as well as exploring how to live with and collect ceramics. The event will mark the launch of the campaign and will result with an online auction hosted by Maak, the leading auction house dedicated to ceramics, on 19 November.

FiredUp4 celebrates the work of an impressive group of the UK’s leading ceramic and visual artists in an innovative campaign to fundraise for the provision of pottery studios providing access to young people through the Onside Youth Zone network. Instigated and led by Onside Ceramic Ambassador, Kate Malone MBE, this exhibition and auction brings together 32 uniquely crafted pieces each created out of 3kg of clay.

Please join us to watch the event virtually via Zoom. All proceeds go to Firedup4.

Over the years Kit Kemp MBE has been forging an internationally-acclaimed reputation, not only for her unique hotel interiors as Founder and Creative Director of Firmdale Hotels but also as an author, a successful textiles, fragrance and homewares designer and a highly-respected champion of British art, craft and sculpture.

Kate Malone MBE is one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists with an illustrious career spanning over thirty years. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, she has endeavoured to make her artwork accessible to enthusiasts of all levels. Her work ranges in scale from small, jewel-like pieces to large-scale projects such as an entire building. Malone’s work is held in over forty museum collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Recently she became the ceramic ambassador for charity OnSide Youth zones as part of her mission to get clay into the hands of everyone, especially children.

Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her list of clients and design expertise is unparalleled. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of style, her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors.

Grant Gibson is design, craft and architecture writer, and podcaster whose work has been published in The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, and House & Garden. Grant has been editor of Blueprint and Crafts, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. In 2019 he launched the critically acclaimed new podcast series “Material Matters with Grant Gibson.” Grant is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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1 October 2020, 18:30 - 20:00


Ham Yard Hotel

1 Ham Yard