Richard Ballantyne

"I started my artist career at Bradford College of Art, where I studied as an interior designer. Being not only a pyromaniac but also a bit of a magpie, often my work incorporates found objects in the sculpture – from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze to stones washed on the beach as plinths – telling everyone its own story.

My first teaching job I was put in charge of a ceramics department and so started at evening class to keep one step ahead of the children; so started a lifetime love affair with the material.

In 2003 I left full-time teaching and returned to university to complete a degree in glass and ceramics at High Wycombe and now am trying to make a full-time living as a ceramic artist with a little lecturing at High Wycombe University and also Thames Valley University.

My ceramics are as varied as the British climate – work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature; Raku, to high fired porcelain."  

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