Christine-Ann, has been a ceramic artist, for more than forty years, whose thrown porcelain and garden ceramics have been much influenced by her visits to both China and Japan.
The summer of 1992 I spent on an international workshop in Tokoname in Japan and in 1996 received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to return there to explore the way that water is used in landscape and architecture? 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 work fits into both these categories. For these larger works three different coloured clays are available; buff, terracotta and dark brown and in partnership with the client or designer discuss what is most suited to their needs. Visitors to the studio by appointment only.
A study trip to China in 1978 with the Craftsmen Potters Association had a radical effect on my work and way of life. After spending a decade on Chinese studies, including art and archaeology, I have since 1985 returned regularly to China and Central Asia often accompanying fellow artists.
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. Details can be found on www.christineannrichards.co.uk … A fantastic time had by all! Next Tour 2016
March 23rd – April 18th – Garden Ceramics & Thrown Porcelain – Ilminster 2D3D Contemporary, Ilminster Arts Centre, Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0AN www.themeetinghouse.org.uk
July 4th – 12th – Garden Ceramics – Frome Festival, The Limes, 45 Keyford, Frome BA11 1LB Open Saturday & Sunday, Wednesday and Friday 11-4pm www.fromeopenstudios.co.uk
July 18th – 26th July – Garden Ceramics – Bradford-on-Avon Arts Festival, The Bradford-on-Avon Sculpture Garden, ‘Lynchetts’, 15 Woolley Street, Bradford-on-Avon – Open 11 – 6.30pm Closed Monday 20th
12th July – 26th August – Garden Ceramics & Thrown Porcelain – ‘The Millinery Works’, 85 / 87 Southgate Road, Islington, London N1 3JS Closed Monday www.millineryworks.co.uk
3rd – 18th October – Garden Ceramics – Somerset Arts Weeks Festival, ‘Momentum’, Weavers Bridge, Pilton, Somerset BA4 4DD Open 11-6pm www.somersetartworks.org.uk