View Image Gallery Andrew Richards(Full member)Tel: 07763 468 112 Email: Web: www.ajrpotter.com
I have been making pots for over 20 years and exhibited throughout the UK and sold to galleries and shops via all the major trade fairs. I have pots in various private collections including the Rothschild collection. My work has evolved and matured and followed many different styles and techniques, but the process of making has remained the same always aiming for the highest standards, and creating original honest, and intuitive work that has been informed by historical, and hard won practical experience as a production thrower.
I have always followed an individual and experimental approach to clay following many pathways in my development as a potter and as a teacher, this creative thirst for knowledge and passion for my vocation, I hope is shown in the work that I have produced over the years. Wisp farmhouse pottery based in Scotland was a successful pottery producing wood fired salt glaze stoneware and sold throughout the UK via major trade shows. Mill Farm Pottery based in Kettering produced garden ware and cookware for direct sale to the public and some shops.
My formal training has been varied starting with Wrexham College of art, Chesterfield College of art and Cardiff. With teachers David Binns, Willie Carter, Geoffrey Fuller, Trevor Nicklen, Chris Yenson, Geoff Swindell, and Pete Starkey and a whole host of visiting lecturers who have been influential and enabled me to experiment and play with kiln building, glaze technology. This approach to ceramics has remained the core of my practice as a teacher and a maker today.
For years-long before I had access to a wood fired kiln, I have been attracted to the pots of the Shigaraki, Jin Dynasty 4th century, Yue Ware of the Tang Dynasty, Momayama period in Japan and the beauty of form and shapes of peasant medieval ceramics and Buckley pottery.
The simplicity of the pots and the use of local materials clay, rocks, and ash for making glazes have inspired me to create work that is I believe unpretentious and honest my throwing ability has progressed over 20yrs and I try to impart my feelings and emotions into the pot sometimes almost deskilling.
My work is not over decorated and relies more on the forms and the subtle relationship of intuitive decoration and the natural glazes, these are formulated from local materials and I use these as much as possible for my slips and glazes particularly wood ash from various wood burning stoves, and stone dust from a number of quarries and stone cutting businesses.
I also investigate and experiment with river iron slips and high iron clays. More recently I have found red clay that I dig from the side of a mountain in Llangollen this makes a fantastic slip and an incredible red crystal glaze. The alchemy of ceramics and the processes and stages of making are the key factors in the production of my work each one fitting together to make a whole.
I do take on commissions and enjoy the challenge of making to order having managed two professional pottery businesses, and I am at my most creative when I am working towards deadlines for gallery exhibitions this gives me the opportunity to experiment and produce new work.
Work Generally Available from:
My work has evolved over time but the formative years of Chesterfield
and the building of numerous kilns and experimentation of wood fired
salt glaze and oil firing has left a permanent mark on me. This
experimental honest approach to making can be seen in the early photos
of Chesterfield and my final show moderated by Takeshi Yasuda who
commented on the quality of work and my commitment to wood firing
gaining a Distinction. (Exhibition with Janet Leach, Geoff Fuller
A few galleries examples listed:
Harrogate Trade Fair, spring, summer and autumn.