Richard HeeleyImage Gallery

Contact Details

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Telephone: 0794 6462901
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Web-site: www.richardheeley.com
Joined on: 2012-08-02
Last Updated: 2013-02-12

Artists Profile

Artists Profile

The starting point for my work is developed on the North Wales coast where I spend a quarter of my working year recording in a variety of media the textures, shapes, colour and structure of the coastal landscape. This rich source of inspiration has a simple quiet affinity with the clay and processes that I use.

My work varies between stoneware oxidation and reduction fire depending on the desired surface finish, colour of the clay body and glaze quality. I draw on Eastern ceramic traditions to influence designs and techniques: stoneware glazes and forms from Song China, construction and firing techniques from Japan and Korean brushwork.

I practice free flowing brushwork. I spend long hours repeating my designs to gain a fluid feel and simplicity that matches the thrown clay and fits as part of the pot, working in harmony with the form. My work is Influenced by a deep appreciation of Korean 16th century ware from the Chosôn dynasty. The brushed decoration is a combination of slips made from local clay, and found and hand-ground scrap flake iron, which produces a rich variation in colour and brush stroke quality and texture

I have been handling clay for over twenty years. I formally trained at Manchester Metropolitan University in Ceramics and Design achieving my BA Hons by specializing in reduction fire and oriental ceramics. Since graduating in 1996 I have worked as a ceramic technician, taught evening classes and Foundation and exhibited independently.

The intimate contact with ceramics when eating and drinking is also very  important to my work. Being married to a professional chef who  has a passion for ceramics helps me to design the pots; form and finish appropriate to recipes and food that inspires.

These influences combined with my working practice help forge my ideas and experiments with which I  start to create a  range of work. Decisions are then  made about which glaze and surface quality best suits the 2D designs. The aim is to produce work with a quiet voice an eastern subtle palette with forms and compositions that capture a sense of landscape and harmony - hopefully a joy to use and live with.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

CPA Autumn Fair : Oxford Ceramics Fair 2014
October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014

Art in Clay - Farnham : Art in Clay at Farnham 2014
November 15, 2014 to November 16, 2014

New Ashgate Gallery : Winter Exhibition includes ceramic art
November 22, 2014 to January 17, 2015

Current Work - Availability

Current Work - Availability

 Surrey Guild Gallery - Milford.
 Farnham Maltings – Farnham.
 Mine Gallery - Carshalton.
 www.oakwoodceramics.co.uk

Teaching Demonstrations, Lectures and Memberships

Teaching Demonstrations, Lectures and Memberships

• Head of 3D Department – Sutton College of Learning for Adults.
• 3D Design Senior Lecturer BTEC EDEXEL Foundation
• Pottery Evening Classes teacher since1998.
• 2009: Demonstrator at V&A ceramic Galleries opening.
• 2009: V&A visiting ceramic Lecture –the ceramic process.
• 2009: V&A visiting demonstration and talk on Brush decoration.

Memberships:
• London Potters.
• North Wales Potters.
• Surrey Guild of Craftsmen
• Craft Potters Association - Professional member

Exhibitions:

Exhibitions:

 2012: Hand Made in Britain – Chelsea craft fair.
 2012: Earth & Fire – Rufford country park.
 2012: Spirit of Spring - Farnham Maltings.
 2011: Surrey Guild  Christmas Fair – Guilford.
 2011: Showcase with Oakwood Ceramics at the Thoresby Gallery.
 2011: Dulwich ceramic & Glass fair.
 2008 - 2010: ICR Christmas Fair.
 1998 - 2010: London Potters Morley show.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Kitchen & Tableware