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Artist Potter - Richard Phethean - Pottery Tutor

Richard PhetheanRichard with finished piece

A ceramics graduate of the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, and further trained in the studios of tutors Colin Pearson and Janice Tchalenko, Richard is a long established professional potter whose is exhibited and collected widely in the UK and Europe. He is a Fellow of, and recently retired as Chair of the Craft Potters Association, a member of the Cornwall Crafts Association and of the Penwith Society of Artists.

Richard makes thrown, altered and assembled vessels in coarse textured red and black earthenware clays with brushed slips and resist techniques. his current work combines references to ancient pottery, European slipware traditions and early twentieth century abstract painting.

Richard's broad pottery teaching experience spans forty years. He was a visiting member of staff on the University of Westminster, Harrow degree course for twelve years, six as a module leader in throwing, until its closure in 2010. For thirteen years Richard based his practice as Resident Potter in an independent Quaker school in Oxfordshire, where he has attracted potters from around the world for intensive training on the potter's wheel. In August 2014, Richard moved to West Cornwall and into a large new studio near Penzance which will continue to serve as base for his own work and as a classroom to continue developing his short course programme.


Selected shows


Vessels (two hander with painter and printmaker, James Dodds), Bircham Gallery, Norfolk 2018

Thrown Together (two hander with Chris Keenan) Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Bloomsbury, London 2013 ,

Bettles Gallery, Ringwood 2004, Contemporary Ceramics, Marshall St, London 2001 Bettles Gallery, 2000 , Anderson Gallery,1998


Alpha House Gallery, Amalgam, Anderson Gallery, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Bevere Gallery, Black Swan Guild, Bluecoat Display Centre, Bettles Gallery, Bircham Gallery, Brookstreet Gallery Clode Gallery, Collection Gallery, Contemporary Ceramics, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Gallerie Le Don du Fel, Hugo Barclay, Ladygate Gallery, Leicester City Gallery, Mid-Cornwall Galleries, New Ashgate Galleries, Open Eye Gallery, Oriel 31, Paddon and Paddon, Plymouth Arts Centre, Porticus, Rufford Craft Centre, Ruthin Craft Centre, Rye Art Gallery, Sanderson George and Peach, Terrace Gallery, Tolquhon Gallery, Walford Mill, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Zimmer Stewart Gallery.

Ceramic Fairs

Ceramic Art London 2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2011/2013/2015/2017, Ceramic Art York 2015/2016 and a regular exhibitor at Oxford Ceramics Fair and Ceramics in the City

Retail Outlets

Contemporary Ceramics, Great Russell St, London, St. Ives Ceramics, Cornwall, and various occasional galleries nationwide.
Mail order - Please visit the gallery to view pots, and the mail order page to find out more details.

'The New Ceramics - Throwing, 2012 (A&C Black - ISBN 9781-1-4081-3955-1)
'The Complete Potter ~ Throwing' 1991, Series Editor Emmanuel Cooper (Batsford - ISBN 07134 66480)
'The Complete Practical Potter' 1998 by Josie Warshaw - Throwing chapter by RP (Anness Publishing - ISBN 07548 01950)

Seminars and Workshops

TOval tea pot h25cm dark honey glaze 2016hrowing and Slipware, La Meridiana, Tuscany 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018

The Ceramic Studio, Kent

Cornwall Ceramics and Glass Goup

Westcountry Potters Association

Midland Potters Association

Decorum and Chiltern Potters Association

Kent Potters Masterday
Northern Potters Weekend
Scottish Potters Weekend
Museum of Mankind (Pottery in the Making)
East Anglian Potters
1999 Ceramics Symposium - Tel Hai, Israel

South Wales Potter's 40th Anniversary Weekend


2018 Associate Member of the Penwith Society of Artists

2017 Selected as member of the Cornwall Crafts Association

2014 August; relocated to Lower Kenneggy in West Cornwall. October; elected Chair of the Craft Potters Association for a three year term

2012 'The New Ceramics-Throwing' published by A&C Black launched in August.

2010 Elected to serve on the council of the Craft Potter's Association, commissioned to write a book on throwing technique as part of a new series for A&C Black

2007 Produced commission piece for West Oxfordshire District Cultural Services entitled 'Strata', inspired by William Smith, known as the father of British Geology
2001 Took up 'Resident Potter' post at Sibford School, Oxfordshire
1999 Moved home and studio to The Leadenporch House, Deddington, U.K.
Established Phethean Studio Pottery Centre
1998 Commissioned to write 'Throwing' chapter for new book - 'Complete Practical Potter' by Anness Publishing
1994 Moved home and studio to Peckham, London SE15
Established Phethean School of Studio Pottery
1993 'Complete Potter - Throwing' published by Batsford books and release of self-produced video cassette - 'An Introduction to Throwing'
1992 SELECTED MAKER - Crafts Council Index
1988 Studio re-established in garden of new home - Herne Hill, London SE24
1990 SELECTED - Fellow Craft Potters Association
1985-87 VSO posting to Papua New Guinea as Business Development Officer at Eastern Highlands Cultural Centre - a crafts training project with pottery and textiles workshops, museum and shop.
1978 Established studio at 4011/12 workshops, London SW8
1977-78 Assistant and production thrower at Colin Pearson's studio - Aylesford, Kent. U.K.
1975-79 Occasional studio assistant to Janice Tchalenko
1977 Art Teacher's Diploma, Goldsmiths College, U.K.
1976 Ceramics Degree Show - Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, U.K.
1968 Visited Scott Marshall's pottery, St. Just, Cornwall - resolved to become a potter
1953 Born in South East London

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