Richard Ballantyne - Raku Ceramics

About Richard

"I started my artist career at Bradford College of Art, where I studied as an interior designer.
Often my work incorporates found objects in the sculpture – from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze to stones washed on the beach as plinths – telling everyone its own story.

My first teaching job I 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 I left full-time teaching and returned to university to complete a degree in glass and ceramics at High Wycombe and now am trying to make a full-time living as a ceramic artist with a little lecturing at High Wycombe University and also Thames Valley University.

My ceramics are as varied as the British climate – work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature; Raku, to high fired porcelain."

We say:

Richard has become known for his varied glazes and raku-derived finishes, as well as for his playful sense of humour when styling his signature penguins and micro-chicks.

New raku cermics by Richard Ballantyne - Egg Timer chicken on clock workings
Egg Timer - £145 - available to buy in person at Vitreus Art

Richard Ballantyne - Raku fired ceramic animal sculptures at Vitreus Art
Large Laying Hare Raku-fired Ceramic £192; available to buy in person at Vitreus Art
Richard Ballantyne ceramics on show at Vitreus Art gallery
Micro Chicks £30 each - several different styles and finishes available to buy in the gallery or online

Raku fired ceramics by Richard Ballantyne at Vitreus Art Northants gallery
Two Lambs and Sheep Raku Fired Ceramic Sculpture - £218; available to buy in person at Vitreus Art