Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Richard Ballantyne creates the most beautiful Raku fired sculptures.
With a background in Interior Design, Richard taught for many years before completing a BA in Glass and Ceramics.
His pieces, inspired by nature, start on the potter's wheel, and are manipulated into animal forms. Once created they are left to dry before firing with a glaze. The pieces are then removed from the kiln at the point of verification and allowed to cool before being placed in sawdust to create the famous raku, crackle pattern that is beautifully spontaneous and idiosyncratic. Each of Richard's sculptures are unique and individual and some are created with beautiful gilding.
Raku is an ancient firing technique that was used traditionally in Japanese Tea Ceremonies. It was developed by potters in the USA during the late 50’s and from there it has evolved to what it is today, each potter developing their own unique way of Raku firing.