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After completing an MA in Ceramics in 2003, Richard began making domestic ware as well as teaching the art of ceramics in and around Surrey. His passion for traditional methods stems from a love of making (and mud-slinging!)
His work is wood-fired, wheel-thrown domestic stoneware. He made a trip to Japan when he was training and consequently many of his ceramics are influenced by Japanese forms such as the tea bowl. He also make a lot of bottles as he likes the symbolism attached to bottles – he sees them as very communal as they are all about the idea of socialising with friends and the coming together of people. Though quite quiet, reflective forms, he likes the way one can set up a dialogue between them when put in groups – creating a narrative. The forms create an aesthetic that extends beyond that of purely domestic function.
Richard’s enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and has made him a popular teacher and volunteer for many years at Art in Action and Art in Clay. Richard’s dedication to ceramics led him to purchase (the then struggling) Froyle tiles in 2006. He is also the technician on BBC’s The Great Pottery Throwdown and this has certainly taken up considerable time.
As well as a passion for pots and all things ceramic, away from the workshop Richard can often be found mountain biking in the Surrey Hills with his beloved pottery dog Dotty.