Richard Ballantyne

I started my artist career at Bradford College of Art, where I studies as an interior designer prior to starting work as such for Samuel Smiths Brewery in Tadcaster. After a spell of destroying the character of a multitude of pubs and clubs in the north of England I returned to University at Bretton Hall to retrain as a teacher. Then on to work as a full time potter. My ceramics are as varied as the British climate – work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature, raku to high-fired porcelain.

Being not only a pyromaniac but also a bit of a magpie, I often incorporate found objects in the sculpture – from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze to stones washed up on the beach, each one telling its own story

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