"Baa Humbug" - Hand-Built Ceramic Sculpture by R&B Ceramics
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A wonderfully quirky ceramic sculpture hand-crafted by R&B Ceramics.
This piece is individually hand built in stoneware clay which has been raku fired, ready to wall hang.
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About R&B Ceramics
Richard Ballantyne started his artist career at Bradford college of Art, where he studied as an Interior Designer prior to starting work as such for Samuel Smiths Brewery in Tadcaster. After a spell of destroying the character of a multitude of pubs and clubs in the north of England he returned to university at Bretton Hall to retrain as a teacher. He then went into teaching in secondary schools - first Yorkshire then Northamptonshire. His first teaching job he was put in charge of a ceramics department and so started at evening class to keep one step ahead of the children. This started a lifetime love affair with the material. In 2003 he left full time teaching and returned to university to complete a degree in glass and ceramics at Buckinghamshire University. Since then, he has worked full time in ceramics.
Carol Read trained as a nurse after an education in both England, USA and Germany. Her interest in clay started at an evening Access to Art and Design course attended while the children were young, and developed into love of making- both on the wheel and hand building.
Carol and Richard began a working partnership around 2010. The resulting ceramic art is a fusion of both their skills, contributing to each other’s work and creating new work together. Their ceramics are as varied as the British climate –work being both sculptural and functional, life size to miniature, Raku to high fired porcelain. Being not only pyromaniacs, but also collectors from woods, beaches and salvage yards, often the work incorporates found objects in the sculpture- from ash from Mount St Helens in a glaze to stones washed on the beach as plinths- each object telling its own story.