Rich Miller

After completing an MA in ceramics at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design Farnham, Rich Miller quickly began to establish his own studio based practice, whilst also teaching part time. In 2005 he took over Froyle Tiles, a producer of bespoke stoneware tiles which was destined for closure. Over the past 17 years the workshop has developed into a thriving creative studio that has produced work for numerous notable projects, such as the Tate Gallery St Ives, the V&A and 24 Savile Row with Kate Malone and EPR Architects. The workshop has also worked to commission for various leading interior designers and commercial specifiers. Along side the tile production Rich has continued to make his own ceramic works. These vary from functional wares to sculptural objects. Rich is currently one of the judges on Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’, and also organises the ceramics festival ‘Art in Clay Farnham’.

Ceramicist

Rich Miller

South East England

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THE PROCESS

Rich’s work makes reference to historical design patterns. It draws on themes of British colonialism and the way in which the UK has become an eclectic mix of cultural styles, as immigration has brought with it a rich source of influence. Images associated with the colonies that have become adapted by the British mainstream are the core influence on Richard’s practice.

 

Q&A

1. What motivates you to make?

My main motivation continues to be curiosity surrounding process, an indefinite opportunity to experiment and explore. I’m excited by the endless potential for clay to be fashioned into permanent physical representations of my ideas.

2. What and/or who are you most inspired or influenced by?

I take inspiration from historical narratives which relate to untold British history. Historians such as David Olusoga and intertidal archeologists like Mike Webber offer insight into social history which has shaped contemporary society. This honest retelling of past events provides the starting point for much of my practice.

3. What is your unique approach to your craft, and how have you honed your skills?

I’ve always felt passionate about experimenting with ceramics process and although I’ve spent the last 17 years in a production oriented environment, I’ve always continued to play. Whether it’s testing glaze and clay combinations, or incorporating processes less often associated with ceramics. I find the alchemy and transformative nature of the glazes in the kiln seductive, the sense that the fluidity of the melting glaze is eternally paused in time on the pots surface. This exploration of process is continuously running in parallel with my conceptual ideas.

4. What is your defining or proudest moment as a maker so far?

I feel grateful that over the past two decades I’ve had the opportunity to work on some incredible projects and in collaboration with some remarkable makers. But my proudest moment to date has to be the sale of one of my ceramic pieces as part of the Fired Up 4 auction at Maak Auctioneers. Knowing that something I’ve created will play a small part in facilitating young people who wouldn’t ordinarily experience clay to access it, is hugely gratifying.

5. What is your dream project?

My dream project would be to make ceramic works in response to a historical property relevant to my fascination with British colonial history.

 

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