Maker of the Month – July

Richard Heeley

Richard grew up in Stoke on Trent surrounded by pottery. And not just in the town but at home too, where the cupboards were crammed with ceramics due to his Mother’s love of pots! He gained a BA Hons at Manchester Metropolitan University in Ceramics and Design. He specialized in reduction firing and oriental ceramics; particularly the forms of Song China and the brush work techniques from Japan and Korea.

He practices free flowing brush work to get the fluidity and simplicity that best compliments the thrown pot. His designs are developed on the North Wales Coast where he spends at least three months of his working year; recording texture , shape, and colour from the coastal landscape. He is also influenced by 16C ware from the Korean Choson dynasty.

The relationship between his ceramics and eating and drinking are fundamental to his work, as is the durability of porcelain for everyday use. His aim is to produce work of a quiet eastern voice with a subtle palette; the forms and composition creating a narrative of the landscape that is a joy to use.