Richard Wilson

Born and brought up in Norwich, Richard 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 five in Germany.

He is inspired by Hungarian and Romanian slipware from the 1800s and by English country pottery. Recently his work has explored colour and abstract patterns in strong forms that capture the ebb and flow of the sea and the landscape of South West Dorset.

Richard’s pots reflect the spontaneity of the slipware tradition of decoration. Using terracotta clay and white slip, colours are applied in different ways, with brushes, sponges and trailers, gradually building bold patterns around the pots for a loose abstract effect. He loves to explore colour and form around his pots.

As a member of several pottery associations including Selected 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 England and in Europe.