Following careers in both architecture and furniture design and creation, Richard now concentrates on other three-dimensional art as a ceramicist. Creating small figurative sculptures using the wheel-throwing techniques (and sometimes Raku firing).
He aims to create elegant and refined pieces, whether thrown or hand built, and prefers simple glazes without decorative features. He feels decoration may detract from the simplicity and refinement of the form.
Richard generally throw pots on the wheel, as he enjoys the way a pot can grow quickly, and the technical challenge of persuading the clay to conform to the idea in his head
Richard’s work is at domestic scale, and although most of the pieces have a practical purpose, he regards most of them as artworks, with their possible use as vases or bowls, as secondary.
“During the first lockdown in 2020, I was unable to work, and had no access to a wheel, so I handbuilt a set of 14 tall vases – 3 of which are exhibited here. They are coil pots with a scraped surface and simple matt glaze with speckles of iron oxide. They illustrate well my desire to make elegant and refined pieces.”