Pottery throwingThe workshop is situated in West Bay, Dorset, in a converted timber yard, with a kiln area one end and the workshop and showroom/retail area occupying the majority of the space. Visitors are able to watch Richard at work, throwing, finishing and decorating. All his work is biscuit fired to 1010ºC, then clear-glazed and re-fired in a 30 cubic foot gas kiln to 1120ºC.
Richard’s current work has a strong emphasis on slip decoration, with bold, abstract designs overlaid with slip-trailed patterns. He produces a wide range of domestic ware as well as larger, “one-off” vases and plates.
Recently Richard has been working on flat form pots, some in black and others have textures on them to reflect the ruggedness of the coast where he works.
These slipware pots have a direct connection to the tradition in England of applying designs as done hundreds of years ago, brought up to date with fresh colours and lively patterns.