Large Apple Pot
Richard Wilson was born and brought up in Norwich, and has been making pots since the early 1970s. After studying for two years at Great Yarmouth College of Art, he worked from 1974 to 1980 at Le Dieu Pottery in Norwich before spending 3 years in Australia and New Zealand; and a further 5 years in Germany, working with many potters using different techniques, in particular wood fired salt glazes
Whilst in Germany, Richard spent some time with potters whose work drew from Eastern European designs, and he has been especially inspired by Hungarian and Romanian slipware from the 1800s. He has also been strongly influenced by the Cardew tradition of English country pottery, having spent some months working at Wenford Bridge in the 1980s, learning about the strengths and subtleties of Cardew's work.
Recently his work has explored colour and abstract patterns in strong forms that capture the ebb and flow of the sea and the beautiful landscape of south-west Dorset.
As a member of several pottery associations including Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association and ex chairman of the West Country Potters Association, he has been selected over the years for many ceramic fairs here in the UK and in Europe.
Richard's work is sold in many galleries in the UK from Scotland to Cornwall and also the Caribbean.
My pots are all hand thrown on a wheel or slab pressed and cut to shape, using a traditional terracotta clay which is then dipped in a white clay slip to give a brighter canvas on which to decorate.a combination of brushes and slip trailers I build up the patterns with coloured slips. Some designs echo the folds and rhythms of the landscape, with colours that reflect the contract between sea and shore in my part of south Dorset. Other patterns are abstract shapes that I discover within the pots themselves; form leading to painting. Finally, all my pots are given a transparent glaze and fired to 1120C in a gas kiln.