Cut-sided vase, glazed stoneware, c.2000, Ht 27.5cm
Richard Batterham learnt his craft at school under Donald Potter, a student of Eric Gill. He then studied at the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall, before setting up his own studio at Durweston, Dorset. In 1966 he built a larger four-chambered kiln in nearby premises. He has developed a popular range of shapes and subtle wood ash glazes, and sells his work both direct and through retail outlets such as David Mellor. His work reflects the English studio pottery tradition but also the work of Korean makers. He is regarded as one of the leading potters working in Britain today and is represented in numerous public collections.
Gift from Nicholas and Judith Goodison’s Charitable Settlement, November 2015