Christine-Ann Richards FSDC
Attending a ceramics workshop in Tokoname in Japan in 1992 and beginning to work with a rougher clay led Christine-Ann to apply for a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 1996 to return to Japan to ‘look at the way water is used in landscape and architecture.’ The visit very much centred on the work of Shunmyo Masuno, a Zen Buddhist priest and landscape architect. This visit has been an ongoing source of inspiration for her larger bespoke, hand-built garden ceramics.
Now living and working in a Chapel near Frome in Somerset has enabled her to complete these larger projects. She has built her own segmented electric kiln which enables her to construct, by slab and coil method, her bespoke garden ceramics on the kiln shelf at the base and lower the sections over the ceramics when completed.
She finds the slower pace of constructing these hand-built pots, which may take her a fortnight to complete, more meditative than the immediate demands of throwing on an electric wheel.
Having been absent from the studio for a couple of years due to ill-health and having always been very precise and minimal in her thrown porcelain, Christine-Ann has recently found a greater freedom in her thrown work using not only her porcelain clays but also her rough hand-building clay bodies.
Over the decades Christine-Ann has exhibited her porcelain both in the UK and Europe and her larger works have been commissioned both privately and for public spaces.
Awards have covered both her research into early Chinese ceramics and Greater London and South West Arts Awards towards her own ceramics, including in 2009 the SDC Gane Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship and Design.
Since 1985 Christine-Ann has organised and accompanied others on visit to archaeological sites and craftsmen both in China and Central Asia. Tours are listed on her website.