Richard Heeley

'My designs are 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.


'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.

'The aim is to produce work with a quiet voice an eastern subtle palette with forms and compositions that create a narrative of landscape - hopefully a joy to use and live with.'

Richard Heeley grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, surrounded by pottery. In 1996 he formally trained at Manchester Metropolitan University in Ceramics and Design achieving a BA Hons, specializing in reduction fire and oriental ceramics. 

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