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My practice is largely process motivated. I have a fascination with wood firing; an intense and consuming process that culminates in the creation of fired pots. Control of the finished result is removed as the wood flame organically weaves itself through the work in the kiln, each piece reflecting the firings own intricacies and identity. The pots become a reflection of their moment with the flame, pausing time and movement on the surface indelibly
All of the forms are conceived in a tacit and exploratory way both in terms of scale and finish, and although many of the pots are of an unusable size all of the forms remain firmly rooted within domestic function. This makes the work familiar, approachable and tactile.
Richard studied ceramics at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, graduating in 2003 . For the last 12 years he's been running Froyle Tiles, a handmade tile company based in Surrey. Specialising in the bespoke production of high fired stoneware tiles, they have to date carried out a range of commissions for a variety of notable architects and designers. This includes a unique collaboration with Kate Malone and EPR Architects on 24 Savile Row and a collaboration with Jamie Fobert Architects on the new Pavilion at the Tate St Ives. Richard has a passion for clay and continues his own studio practice, exhibiting his ceramics at selected shows. More recently Richard fulfilled the role of ceramics technician on the BBC 2 programme 'The great Pottery Throwdown'.
Richard's work makes reference to historical design patterns. It draws on themes of British colonialism and the way in which the U.K. has become an eclectic mix of cultural styles, as immigration has brought with it a rich source of influence . Images associated with the colonies, that have become adopted by the British mainstream are the core influence on Richard's practice.