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Richard Heeley

Overview

'I am driven by the need to achieve a sense of place in the landscape. My life has been focused on setting up a studio in the right surroundings to help me produce the work I need to make. My surroundings at the Hempmill are heady - wild, rural and beautiful - and I hope my pots are evidence of this holistic way of living.
The elemental aspect of working with clay encourages me to form an intimate relationship with the landscape that I live in and travel through. My pots represent many years of trying to achieve a way of making that gives me faith in my belief that the potter has an affinity with the landscape; working with water, earth, fire, wood, salt, metal and stone. Each element of this palette needs a level of understanding and sensitive handling in their use.
I use a momentum wheel to help develop the confident harmonious rhythm which is needed to create this type of work. I try and match this surface quality with fluid brush strokes that sketch the surface of my pots. A walking line that records my journey.'

Selected - Professional member of the Craft Potters Association.
Member - North Wales Potters.

Publications
The Teabowl, Bonnie Kemske, Bloomsbury Publishing.
Ceramic Review, issue 309 Potters on Pots May / June 2021.
Ceramic Review, issue 262 Pots & Recipes July / August 2013.
Edges in the Landscape, self-published book.

Lectures and Demonstrations
The Clay Loft. Invitation to lecture and demonstrate. 2019.
Anglian Potters. Invitation to lecture and demonstrate. 2019.
North Wales Potters. Invitation to lecture and demonstrate, AGM 2019.
Potclays. Porcelain Masterclasses 2019, 2018, 2017
Clay College Stoke. Tea bowls talk and demonstration. 2018.
Cardiff University. Tea bowl demonstration, in conjunction with Drawing Inspirations exhibition ? Craft in the Bay.
V&A Demonstration on surface decoration 2009.
V&A Opening of the new galleries 2009. Demonstration, throwing.

Exhibitions & Shows
2021 Landscapes in Fire and Water, Showcase of wood fired work, The Stratford Gallery.
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Wood Fired Clay College Stoke

2019
Surface The Leach Pottery, Cube Gallery.
Ceramic Art London, St Martins.
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Art in Clay, Hatfield.
Earth & Fire, Welbeck Estate.
Celebrating Ceramics, Waterperry Gardens Oxford.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.
Ceramic Art York.
Ceramics in Southwell.
Porcelain Clay College Stoke.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Christmas Show.
New Ashgate Gallery - Spring collection.

2018
Chawan, International Teabowl exhibition, The Stratford Gallery.
Ceramic Art London, St Martins.
A Sense of Place - Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Portraits in clay Valentines Clay Gallery.
Art in Clay, Hatfield.
Earth & Fire, Welbeck Estate.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.
Ceramic Art York.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Christmas Show.
Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge.
New Ashgate Gallery - Winter collection.

2017
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Art in Clay, Hatfield.
Earth & Fire, Welbeck Estate.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.
Ceramic Art York.
Art in Clay, Farnham
Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Christmas Show.
Oxford Ceramics Gallery: Sake Sake
New Ashgate Gallery - Winter collection.

2016
Drawing Inspirations: Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Art in Clay, Hatfield.
Earth & Fire, Rufford Abbey.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.
Oxford Ceramics Gallery: Chawan.
Ceramic Art York.
Art in Clay, Farnham.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Christmas Show.
Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge.
New Ashgate Gallery - Winter collection.

2015
Messages from Clay, Ceramic expo Belgium.
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Chawan International exhibition, Belgium.
Art in Clay, Hatfield.
Art in Clay, Farnham.
Earth & Fire, Rufford Abbey.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.
Ceramics in the City: Geffrye Museum, London.
Ceramic Art York.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Christmas Show.
Innovations in Ceramic Art, Cambridge.
New Ashgate Gallery - Winter collection.

2014
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest.
Chawan International exhibition, Singapore.
Art in Clay, Hatfield.
New Gallery On Old Bailey Hong Kong.
Earth & Fire, Rufford Abbey.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.
Ceramics in the City: Geffrye Museum, London.
Ceramic Art York.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre - Christmas Show.
New Ashgate Gallery Autumn Showcase.

2013
Insight into Beauty, Chawan - Embassy of Japan London.
Chawan International exhibition, Taiwan.
Bevere Gallery, July Showcase.
Ceramics in the City: Geffrye Museum, London.
Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw - Summer Exhibition.
Handmade in Britain: Chelsea.
Earth & Fire, Rufford Abbey.
Oxford Ceramics Fair.

2012
Handmade in Britain: Chelsea.
Earth and Fire, Rufford Abbey.
Spirit of Spring, Farnham Maltings

2011
Surrey Guild - Christmas show, Guildford.
Oakwood Ceramics Gallery. Showcase of work with Peter Swanson.
Ceramic & Glass Fair Dulwich.





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