I am so excited to post something about Richard's work. I first came across Richard whilst reading about Bernard Leach and the famous St Ives pottery where Richard studied following formal education at Bryanston School, he still continues the Leach tradition in producing rugged domestic stoneware. I recall a quote where Richard states that the main principle of his work is to "enrich rather than adorn life". I am a strong believer in functional craft and that expertly crafted items can enrich our lives if used with respect and care.
We are the proud owners of two Richard Batterham plates in a elegant sea green colour which we picked up from David Mellor's Sloane Square shop, although they cost an eye watering £50 each we use them most days and take great pleasure in their form, feel and design. The plates are rugged and by no means elegantly finished, the glaze runs into pattern and is cracked in places. The plates have confidence, an assurance which comes from a masters touch, they do not need to be refined. I hope one day to hand them down to a next generation or loved one so they can enjoy them as much as I do, to me this is the essence of mastercraft.
David Mellor design has a great selection of his work and currently has 10% off!