For more than thirty years Christine-Ann has organised and accompanied tours to China and Central Asia visiting other artists both contemporary and traditional as well as sites of cultural interest.
These journeys, to China as well as Japan have been an ongoing inspiration for both my Thrown Porcelain: boxes, bowls and vases, specialising in crackle and monochrome glazes, as well as my larger buff, black and red Exterior Ceramics. As well as working on larger exterior vases and sculptural forms, some of which incorporate water as an element in the work, I also make smaller water-features, planters and vases.
My larger commissioned works have been greatly influenced by a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to Japan, in 1996, which I used to 'explore the way that water is used in landscape and architecture'. It gave me the opportunity to explore the works of and to visit Shunmyo Masuno, a Zen Buddhist priest and landscape architect, who often collaborates with the stone artisan Izumi Masatoshi and a visit to his workshop took me to the home of Isamu Noguchi with whom he worked very closely.
The partition between house and garden has become less defined as we have opened our doors to eastern influences, so that the selection of work to be positioned within an interior can also be found outside. My exterior works fit into both these categories. The style and texture of the work thus creating a link between both spaces.
Defining influence: Craft Potters Association visit to China in 1978. While continuing to work in porcelain studied in the decade following Chinese language, art and culture and my ongoing visits there with other artists has continued to inspire. The use of water in my large works was strengthened by visits to Japan 'to look at the way water is used in landscape and architecture' and the desire to create a harmony within my work which extends into the space that it occupies. Meeting and working with other designers and practitioners have extended my skills.
Christine-Ann Richards trained at Harrow School of Art and Technology with Mick Casson (1971-73), then worked with David Leach. In London, she started her own workshop as a member of the Barbican Arts Group (1975-83) and was elected to membership of the Craftsmen Potters Association and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. After the ceramics trip to China in 1978 she also attended courses on Chinese language, art and archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In 1992 she visited Japan, for the first time, and spent the summer at IWCAT (International Workshop on Ceramics Art and Technology) at Tokoname, in 1996 a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship allowed a return to 'look at the way water is used in landscape and architecture'. Awards both from Greater London Arts and South West Arts, among others, have contributed to the development of my work.
TOUR TO S.W. CHINA & LAOS 7th – 25th January 2015 Journey through the tribal area of Yunnan Province & Xishuangbanna into Laos and to the ancient capital of Luang Prabang.
Yunnan is home to 13 ethnic minorities with their own traditions in ceramics, textiles, jewellery, papermaking and architecture. We will visit local artists and craftsmen as we travel overland in a small bus which will give us the opportunity to get off the beaten track. It is an area of stunning limestone karst scenery, primeval forest, mountains, tea, rare plants and animals.
Crossing the border into Laos we will spend 4 nights in Luang Prabang. The city is encircled by peaks and camouflaged by dense tropical foliage and features a cluster of shimmering royal temples as well as beautiful French colonial architecture. We will have the opportunity to visit Ban Chan Pottery village nestling along the banks of the Mekong River. There has been a tradition of wood fired earthenware pottery in this small riverside village for centuries and the villagers still continue the tradition.
CV & Education
2012 - Somerset Art Week: Open Studio & Demonstration, The Primitive Methodist Chapel, Wanstrow, BA4 4TE
2010 - Somerset Art Week: Open Studio & Demonstration, Chapel House, High Street, Wainstrow, Nr. Shepton Mallet
1998 - Exhibition of Thrown Porcelain and Exterior Works, The Millinery Works, London
1995 - Earth, Fire and Water, The Orangery, Holland Park, London
2012 - East West, The Millinery Works, Islington, London
2011 - 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Black Swan Gallery, Frome
2011 - Frome Festival, The Old Sunday School, 4 Chapel Barton, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BZ
2011 - Garden Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Garden & Grounds of Wingwell, 5 Top Street, Wing Oakham, Rutland LE15 8SE
2011 - Somerset Art Week, Pilltown Chapel, West Pennard, Nr. Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8NQ
2011 - Somerset Art Week, Stoberry Park, Wells, Somerset BA5 3LD
2010 - Art in the Garden, Walled Gardens of Cannington, Church Street, Cannington, Nr. Bridgewater
2010 - Summer Exhibition, The Garden Gallery, Rookery Lane, Broughton, Nr. Stockbridge
2009 - The Garden Gallery, The Garden Gallery, Broughton
2007 - Art in Clay, The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
2007 - CPA @ 50, The Gallery at Bevere, Worcester WR3 7RWQ
2007 - Craft Focus: Porcelain, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AF
2007 - Designer Crafts at Chelsea, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London SW3
2007 - Fresh Air 2007, Quenington Old Rectory, Nr. Cirencester GL7 5BN
2003 - Ground Cover, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2002 - Urban Gardens, Olympia
2000 - Harrow the first decade, Harrow School of Art 1963-1974, Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
1999 - Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sotherby's
1999 - Exhibition of Porcelain and Earthenware, Geneva, Switzerland
1999 - Quenington Sculpture Show, Gloucestershire
1999 - Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries, London
1997 - Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
1997 - Interior/Exterior Collaboration with Alison White, Designer, The Orangery, Holland Park, London
1995 - European Ceramics from 1950, Cologne Museum for Applied Arts
1995 - RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
1994 - Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams
1994 - Studio Ceramics, The Craft Potters Association, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1993 - Stuttgart International Garden Festival, Germany
1991 - The Avant Garden, The Oxford Gallery at the Barbican Centre, London
1983 - Studio Ceramics, The Craft Potters Association, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2009 - Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth
2007 - Talk on Chinese Ceramics and Demonstration of Thrown Porcelain, The British Museum, London
2007 - East Mendip Arts Festival - Exhibition, Open Studio & Demonstration of Thrown Porcelain, Old Primitive Methodist Chapel, Wanstrow BA4 4TB