Christine-Ann Richards' Detailed Biography


Nationality: British 
Profession: Ceramicist
1971-1973 Harrow School of Art & Technology under Mick Casson
1973 Apprenticed to Bryan & Julia Newman
1974 Apprenticed to David Leach
1979-1989 University of London - School of Oriental & African Studies. Full & part-time student in Chinese studies
1975-1981 Established first workshop within the Barbican Arts Group, London
1982-1992 Transferred workshop to own premises at Percy Circus, London
1992-date Established new workshop at Chapel House, Somerset

Fellow of the Craftsmen Potters Association and the Society of Designer Craftsmen, Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen

1983 George de Menasce - Oriental Ceramic Society for research into early Chinese northern whitewares.
1984 Leverhulme - for research, in China, into early ceramics
1984 The Great Britain-China Educational Trust: funding for Chinese language studies in Beijing
1985 British Council travel award to go to China to attend conference
1985 Crafts Council award to attend International Conference on Ancient Pottery and Porcelain
1991 Greater London Arts award for moulds for large work
1993 South West Arts Project Award to complete kiln extension
1995 South West Arts funding for exhibition at The Orangery, London
1996 Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to return to Japan to explore the use of water in landscape and architecture www.wcmt.org.uk
1996 South West Arts Project Award towards developing ideas emanating from Japan trip
1997 "Somerset Craftsperson 1997"

1978 "Colouring Glazes" Ceramic Review, No.54 
1986 "Early Northern Whitewares of Gongxian, Xing and Ding"
Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society Vol.49
1988 "Solo Travel in China" The Guardian - September Feature
1989 "China - Ten Years On" Ceramic Review, No.117
1991 "A Potter's Day" Ceramic Review, No.128
1995 "Equipment in the Workshop" - The Kiln CPA News No.41
1995 "The Spirit Way" China Review, Autumn/Winter 
1992 Water-Fall Garden for the Royal Hampshire Hospital
1994 Large Vase for Charlton Lane, Acute Mental Illness Hospital
1998 Water-Feature for Headquarters of Foster Yeoman at Marston House
2000 Bird-Bath, Torbay Hospital
2001 Commission for nine large works for private client
2002 Wave Sculptures for private client
2004 Vases for Hampshire Regiment Museum, Serles House, Winchester
2005 Wave Sculptures for private client
Work in public and private collections in England and abroad.
1977 "New Members" Craftsmen Potters Association, London
1978 "Two Women" Atmosphere, London
"English Porcelain" Somers Gallery, Heidelburg, Germany
1979 "British Craftsmen" Kunstindustriemuseum, Bergen, Norway
1980 "Solo" Harvest, London
1981 "A Chinese Journey" with Patrick Procktor, Bohun Gallery
Also exhibited in Lucerne, Basle and Geneva
1982 "Paintings & Pots" Falcon House Gallery, SuffolK
1983 "British Ceramics" Galerie An Gross St Martin, Cologne, Germany
"Studio Ceramics Today" Victoria & Albert Museum
1985 "Paintings & Pots" Terrace Gallery, Worthing
1986 "Pots" Amalgam, London
1987 "Solo" Castle Museum, Norwich
1988 "New Work" The Orangery, Holland Park, London
1990 With Elisabeth Frink, Terrace Gallery, Worthing
"Creative Eye" The Crafts Council at Chelsea
1991 "The Avant Garden" The Oxford Gallery at The Barbican, London
"Creative Eye" The Crafts Council at Chelsea
1992 "Creative Eye" The Crafts Council at Chelsea
1993 "Paintings & Pots" Gerald Godfrey Gallery, London, "Chelsea Craft Fair"
"The Stuttgart International Garden Festival"
1994 "Studio Ceramics Today" Victoria & Albert Museum, "Decorative
Arts Today" Bonhams, "Hampton Court Palace Flower Show"
1995 "Earth, Fire and Water" The Orangery, Holland Park, London
"Society of Designer Craftsmen" at the Mall Galleries 
"European Ceramics from 1950" Cologne Museum for Applied
Arts "Chelsea Crafts Fair" The Crafts Council at Chelsea
1996 "To Have and to Hold" Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
"Hampton Court Palace Flower Show"
1997 "New Work" The Orangery, Holland Park, London. "Fresh Air"
1998 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
1999 Exhibition of Porcelain at "Sotheby's Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition" Leda Fletcher Gallery, Geneva. "Fresh Air" and "The Garden Gallery"
2000 "The Graduates" The Studio Pottery Course at Harrow School of Art 1963-1974, 
Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
"Interior & Exterior" at The Millinery Works, London.

The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden. Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


The Society of Designers Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries, Urban Gardens, Olympia, Ronald Emett Gallery, Beaminster, broadway Modern, Worcs.

Ferrers Contemporary Gallery Leics., Art for Giving 2


Urban Gardens, Olympia.

"Garden Inspiration" Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset

"Gound cover" The Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Rachel Bebb "The Garden Gallery"


SDC at the Mall Galleries;

The Sculpture Show at Wyck Rissington & Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury; Maureen Michaelson;

Stoberry Park, Wells;

Somerset Arts Week


SDC at the Mall Galleries;

“Black on White” Millinery Works, London; Oxford Arts Week;

Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden;

“Earth & Fire”


Rachel Bebb “The Garden Gallery”, Art in Clay,

Frome Festival, The Blue House, “Art Outside” Malmesbury

Somerset Arts Week, Open Studio & at Butleigh

10th Southern Ceramics Show, Farnham


Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries,

Devon Guild of Craftsmen “Porcelain”,

Wessex & West Country Women Artists”, Bowlish,

50th Anniversary of the Craft Potters Association, Bevere

“Fresh Air” and “Art in the Garden” Stoberry Park, Wells

Designer Crafts at Chelsea, Morgan Boyce, Marlborough,

11th Southern Ceramics Show, Farnham


SDC at the Mall Galleries, Gants Mill & Garden, Bruton

Rachel Bebb, “The Garden Gallery”, Hybrid Art & Design, Honiton, Stoberry Park, Frome Festival and Designer Crafts at Chelsea


Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries,

Contemporary British Art, The Millinery Works, London

RHS Garden, Wisley, Rachel Bebb, “The Garden Gallery”

Devon Guild of Craftsmen at Plymouth City Museum

Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, Walled Garden, Cannington

Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames


artdejardin, Rutland, Frome Festival & Somerset Arts Week, “Art in the Garden”, Stoberry Park, Bohun Gallery

The Black Swan Gallery, 25th Anniversary, Frome


East West & Contemporary British Art, Millinery Works,

Frome Festival & Last Open Studio Somerset Arts Week

1979  "Living with Design" David Hicks Weidenfeld & Nicholson
1980  "Studio Porcelain" Peter Lane Pitman
1983  "Electric Kiln Pottery" Emmanuel Cooper Batsford Press
1988  "Ceramic Form" Peter Lane Collins
1990  "A Dictionary of Studio Potters" Pat Carter Scholar Press
1990  "British Studio Pottery" The Victoria & Albert Museum
2000  "Ceramics for Gardens & Landscapes" Karin Hessenberg, A&C Black
  Ongoing series of LECTURES; China, and the influence of
Chinese ceramics and paintings on my work. Organise
and accompany visits to mainland China, for potters
and those interested in art and archaeology.
  DEMONSTRATIONS including Art in Action, Waterperry House.
1992 Attended International Ceramics WORKSHOP, Tokoname, Japan
  1996 RESIDENCY at Didcot Girls School



Travelling and taking other artists and craftsmen to China and Central Asia, photography, reading, classical music Tai Qi.
Knowledge of French and Chinese.
Member of the Oriental Ceramic Society

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