View Image Gallery Richard Godfrey(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1752 830457 Email: Web: www.richardgodfreyceramics.co.uk
The inspiration for my work comes mostly from the coastline and countryside around my studio. Ideas for forms are often derived from things that I pick up on the beach. Shells, bits of wood, plastic bottles, in fact just about anything. I walk a great deal and usually find things in the hedgerows to inspire me. I love natural forms like insects, seeds and berries. My studio is right on the cliffs here in south Devon, in a very unspoilt area. The light is wonderful and I find a great deal of intense colour throughout the year. I enjoy the changing seasons as each brings its own beauty. The sunrises in February are often spectacular; the wild flowers in May and June create great sweeps of colour across the cliffs, the berries and bramble leaves of autumn provide intense focal points. I take a lot of photographs, both slides and prints and often use these as source material from which to draw. The drawing process for me is a way of distilling the essence of what I have seen, looking for whatever it was that touched my button, in order that I might use it to touch someone else.
Richard gained a degree in ceramics from Bristol Art College in 1972 and then taught for eight years before starting his first full time studio. He is a fellow of the CPA and he is well known internationally for his pioneering development of brightly coloured slips and his use of innovative construction techniques. His unique style makes his work highly collectable and he has pieces in major public and private collections around the world. He lectures and exhibits all over Europe and has been the subject of two television documentaries. He won the bronze award at the European Ceramics Competition in Athens, which was held to celebrate the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games.
Current Work Available from:
The Biscuit Factory - Newcastle upon Tyne
History and Education
1966-68 'A' Levels - Gibraltar Grammar School
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 1 Battisborough Cross, Holbeton, South Devon, UK, PL8 1JT.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1752 830457
Joined on: 2007-07-04
Last Updated: 2012-11-25
Events featuring this potter
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2013 at Rufford
Art in Clay - Hatfield House : Art in Clay 2013
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2013