Our work Lesley Alcorso Editions 2009

Ben Richardson, sense - hold - feel - pour


"sense - hold - feel - pour", 2009, edition: 1/10
Stoneware clay, glazes using local raw materials
(10cm x 13cm x 7cm) x 4

Linda Fredheim: Box 243mm x 243mm x 126mm
Huon pine, blackwood, hoop pine, brass

Ben Richardson was born in Hobart in 1951 and has a diverse professional and teaching background having completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Tasmania in 1972, and a Master of Art, Design and Environment at the Tasmanian School of Art (UTAS) in 2004. Ben currently pursues a professional practice in ceramics along with teaching commitments in the Visual Art and Contemporary Craft course at the Polytechnic in Hobart as the coordinator for Ceramics. His professional practice focuses on wood-firing and the use of indigenous raw materials in a place-based approach to craft making.

"Thinking about my contribution for the Lesley Alcorso editions, I felt that I wanted my editions to have an element that reflected both my relationship to place and the location of Moorilla on the edge of the Derwent. I collect one of the materials that I use in my glazes from the Derwent valley north of New Norfolk, it is feldspathic sandstone and it is the crucial ingredient for my Derwent series glazes made entirely from local materials."

"When collecting materials I often record my thoughts and feelings in journal poetics that express the impact of place and matter, that may later directly or indirectly influence form and surface."