Andrew RichardsImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 39, Castle Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales, LL20 8RU.
Telephone: 07763 468 112
Email:
Web-site: www.quirkyartstudiogallery.co.uk
Joined on: 2008-07-10
Last Updated: 2014-08-13

Current Work

Current Work

Work Generally Available from:
Gallery Bevere Worcester
The Chapel Llangollen
The Royal Pavillion Llangogllen
The Ridgeway Gallery Marlborough
The Oxford Ceramics Gallery to see Andrews work at Oxford click here
Gallery SCA, 3, St Alkmonds Place shrewsbury, SY1 1UJ
Pyramid Gallery York
Lund gallery - March  2009 - ongoing
Marlborough gallery - December - 2008 - ongoing
Art matters Tenby - Andrew Richards Elizebeth Haines - May 2009 - ongoing
Octagon gallery - To be arranged 2009

Background History

Background History

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 Chesterfield).

Wisp farmhouse pottery was an extension of the Chesterfield training and was my first pottery producing as you can see in the photographs wood fired salt glaze cook ware and individual pieces. This was a production pottery with me throwing up to a tonne of clay every 14-16 days depending on orders and shows.
The full range of the work produced was vast and if anything a little diverse, but the honesty and professionalism was always apparent in the work and in my attitude to the supply of galleries/shops. Please view pictures.

Mill Farm Pottery Kettering
Mill Farm Pottery was established after a move from Scotland and a new workshop within a stable yard complex. The pottery produced a range of Tin glazed utilitarian ware and Earthenware plant pots and garden ware. The pottery lasted 3yrs and I then went back to University in Cardiff to gain a degree in ceramics this would lead to a teaching degree my end goal.

Albania Charitable Project, establishing a pottery workshop.
I have been involved in a number of projects too numerous to mention, but here is an example of one project in Albania establishing a self sustaining workshop with local people... This was a 14 day project to create a working functional pottery from scratch, sourcing clay, building wheels, equipment and a trolley wood fired kiln and training four individuals. The making process was with the use of plaster moulds producing large scale Garden ware... This was a joint venture with Martin Lungley another production trained thrower and a good friend. This project drew on our joint knowledge and experience and was very successful. Please view pictures.

Teaching
I have, I suppose been a teacher in various guises over the years but formerly a teacher of Art for 8yrs and Head of art for 3yrs. This has led to a good understanding of me and the world of art in general but the most satisfying part of teaching children and young adults is the opportunity and privilege itself. To be a maker and a teacher is rare and my skills as both have come into play on many occasions both in the UK and in the States.
My passion for imparting knowledge and experience will never waiver and the proof of its success can be found in the work produced by students and them by becoming the artists of the future. Please view pictures.  

Making today
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. Experimentation and creativity go hand in hand and the process of making is evolutionary with each kiln firing creating new glaze pathways.

A few galleries examples listed:
CPA Marshall Street, London. Stepping out exhibition and award for travel India.
Primavera Cambridge
And Albert York
The Royal Scottish Academy RSA the Mound Edinburgh Scotland
Marion McManus Gallery

Ceramic Demonstrations:
Scottish Potters Association
Northern Potters Association
Edinburgh Fringe Crafts
Tall ships Leith Harbour
Golden Bridge Pottery India
Wrexham College of Art

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

Harrogate Trade Fair, spring, summer and autumn.
Birmingham International Trade Fair, Spring.
Aviemore Trade Fair
Edinburgh Fringe Craft and Trade Fair.
New Designers London
All of the above trade shows produced orders to galleries and quality craft shops throughout the UK too numerous to list.

Collections

Collections

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Thrown
Tenmoku
Ash
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Wood
Reduction