Richard Ballantyne

Richard started his artist career at Bradford college of Art , where he studied as an Interior Designer prior to starting work as such for Samuel Smiths Brewery in Tadcaster. After a spell of destroying the character of a multitude of pubs and clubs in the north of England he returned to university at Bretton Hall to retrain as a teacher. Then into teaching in secondary schools – first Yorkshire then Northamptonshire.

His first teaching job he was put in charge of a ceramics department and so started at evening class to keep one step ahead of the children. So started a lifetime love affair with the material.

In 2003 he left fulltime teaching and returned to university to complete a degree in glass and ceramics at High Wycombe and now is trying to make a full time living as a ceramic artist with a little lecturing at High Wycombe University and also Thames Valley University.

His ceramics is as varied as the British climate –work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature-Raku to high fired porcelain. Being not only a pyromaniac but also a bit of a magpie ,often the work incorporates  found objects in the sculpture- from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze to stones washed on the beach as plinths- everyone telling its own story.

Work can be found in a number of galleries in the south of England.