Christine-Ann Richards

Christine-Ann trained at Harrow School of Art and Technology with Mick Casson (1971-73), then worked with David Leach. In London, she started her own workshop as a member of the Barbican Arts Group (1975-83) and in 1976 became a Selected Member of the Craftsmen Potters Association and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She now works from her home, a converted chapel near Frome in Somerset.

Christine-Ann has worked in thrown porcelain for more than twenty years, firing in an oxidising atmosphere and specialising in crackle and monochrome glazes. A study trip to China in 1978 with the Craftsmen Potters Association had a radical effect on her work and way of life. She has pursued Chinese studies and returns regularly to China often accompanying fellow artists.

Since 1989, Christine-Ann has also been working with a vitrified earthenware clay making large pots and water features. The summer of 1992 she spent on an international workshop in Tokoname in Japan and in 1996 she received a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship to return there to ‘explore the way water is used in landscape architecture’. A project award from South West Arts has enabled her to develop some of the ideas that evolved from the trip. In 1997 she was named ‘Somerset Craftsperson of the Year’ for her new work.