True and Naked Work: The Pottery of Richard Batterham

Richard Batterham is a towering figure in British studio ceramics. He has been making work in Durweston, Dorset, since 1959, 'rooted in one dear familiar place'. Batterham was introduced to pottery by Don Potter who taught sculpture, pottery and metalwork at Bryanston School. After a period working in The Leach Pottery, St Ives, Batterham established his own workshop, building a new pottery in 1966 and a new kiln in 1967. He fires his kiln 'of Korean ancestry' five or six times a year. His pots make reference, as Leach's did before him, to earlier exemplars from Korea or English medieval pottery. His work, however, has an unmistakable personal signature: they have been called 'warm in spirit, fresh and eminently tactile'. This lecture discusses his work in the context of modern studio pottery, particularly in relation to work by Bernard Leach and Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie and is illustrated with works from private collections as well as the collections of the Crafts Study Centre. Batterham was a Trustee of the Crafts Study Centre from 1972 to 1976.