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.

RB - seagull & ice creamThen 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. This began 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. Due to a lack of funds he had to return to part time teaching, to finance this adventure.

Since 2007 he has been trying to make a full time living as a ceramic artist with a little lecturing at High Wycombe University and also Thames Valley University as well as working for Bucks adult education as a part time tutor.

His ceramics is as varied as the British climate ; work being both sculptural and functional ; life size to miniature ; Raku to high fired Porcelain.

He is best known for the character animals and in particular the evil chickens. 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.

Richard’s work can be found in a number of galleries throughout the British Isles and as far north as the Isle of Lewis.

A Contemporary Art Gallery in Cornwall