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Art and Craft with Local Heart
At Christmas thoughts turn to home so our Winter Exhibition presents a range of unique, local art and craft that you won't find anywhere else. Treat yourself to something new for your home or buy gifts for loved ones. Pop in, browse and shop away from the crowds. You'll be supporting local gallery and small creative arts and crafts businesses if you do, as well as finding something different and special this Christmas.
Painting by Tim Burns, Emma Dunbar, Graham Evernden, Sally Anne Fitter, Debbie George, Susie Lidstone, Fiona Millais, Vicky Nigoumi, Fiona Pearce, Victoria Potts, Ray Sheldon, Alexander Randall, Virginia Ray, Catherine Warren and Suzanne Winn.
Limited edition prints by Neil Bousfield, Ann Burnham, Janet Curley Cannon, Caroline Jackman, Jane Peart, Tessa Pearson, Hugh Ribbans and Jenny Seddon.
Sculpture by Celia Allen, Marina Baumgail, Gin Durham, Faye Mayo, Liane Matthews, David Mayne, Ilona Sulikova, Gwen Vaughan and Ed Willis.
Ceramics by Alice Funge, Adele Goulty, Richard Heeley, Claire Lardner Burke, Hilke MacIntyre, Rhian Malin, Jode Pankhurst, Bryony Rich, Katalin Szallas and Charlotte Voaden.
Jewellery by Ruta Brown, Shimara Carlow, Kaya Cohen, Rebecca Halstead, Rachel Jones, Losa Lou, Angie Mehew, Guy Royle, Thea Smartt Hen, Katie Timson and Melanie Tomlinson.
Festive decoration by Fleur Grenier and Susan Trevor.
Woodwork by Kevin Stamper and Surrey Woodsmiths.
Glass by Theo Brooks.
Textiles by Miss Knit Knat.
Richard's initial study in Art and Design Foundation was at Staffordshire University and from there he went on to achieve a BA Hons in 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University where he developed a life long interest in oriental ceramics and reduction firing. He is a full time professional potter and selected member of the Craft Potters Association.
Living and making in London, Richard has 20 years experience in adult education, teaching vocational and recreational evening classes, BTEC and Art Foundation. He has experience working as a ceramic technician, and as Head of Department during this time.
Specialising in thrown porcelain decorated in cobalt blue pigments, he exhibits at most of the major ceramics events around the UK and his work is regularly shown in galleries and exhibitions around the country. Has also exhibits internationally and has had shows in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and America.
Returning this year to Staffordshire and the Potteries, where he grew up, he now runs a working pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton.
'The designs for my work are developed on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. I try to record the essence of the landscape in a variety of media; it has a simple quiet affinity with the clay and processes that I use.
I fire both oxidation and reduction, drawing on Eastern ceramic traditions: stoneware glazes and forms from Song China, construction techniques from Japan, and Korean brush decoration.
I pursue confident fluid brushwork, spending hours refining my designs to
gain a spontaneous simplicity. I aim to design patterns that work in harmony with the form, suspended within the compositional space of the pot. I make slip from local clay and found scrap iron to which I add Cobalt, Nickel and Manganese. I grind and mix this pigment or 'Gosu' myself. This produces a rich variation in colour and bold brush stroke quality.'