Richard designs and makes a range of ceramics and has worked solely with Raku since leaving college in 1984. The simple structures of his work direct attention towards the unpredictable colours and textures that are created by the Raku firing process.
Raku is an ancient Japanese method of firing ceramics. Items are removed from a kiln at 1000ºC when they are red hot, and placed onto combustible materials. They are engulfed by flames and then covered - to reduce the supply of oxygen. Heat and smoke react with glaze to create unique and characteristic effects, which can be either subtle and understated or surprisingly rich and dramatic.
All the pieces are made using a combination of hand building, press moulding techniques – a process much preferred by the artist, who enjoys the flexibility of constructing a piece from several sections of clay. Recently he has introduced slip-casting techniques to help with the production process.
Richard has developed a highly successful range of stylised boats, which are produced as 2D and 3D pieces. The colours and textures he finds within the harbours, boatyards and coastline of Cornwall, where he lived for 5 years, are the main inspiration for his work, in particular is his love of ‘rusty’ old hulls. He uses the Raku technique to reproduce similar effects on his work. In 2010, Richard introduced the new Beach Hut designs, which he hopes will be a popular addition to the current collection. He also creates one-off and larger items that are available as exhibition pieces - including sculptural forms and non-functional vessels.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org,uk or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £22 - £242