Richard began his career in the Arts with a Fine Art Degree in Sculpture in 1996. He then moved on to be a self-employed blacksmith for six years, joining Plymouth College of Art in 2002 as metals technician. He set up the new Metals workshop whilst taking on evening and daytime teaching. Richard is now lecturer, Award Leader in Metals, Acting Program leader for Spatial Design, and assesses for the Ceramics Manufacturing and cultural Heritage Apprenticeship programs.
Richard has run several Saturday Arts Clubs (11-14 yr olds) and Saturday Blacksmithing Clubs.
Richard's practice is based on the philosophy of materials play, exploring the empowerment that comes with material knowledge and skills, making the connection to expressing necessity, both aesthetic and utility, in the final objects. Teaching philosophy is based on how to learn, and increasingly, the nature of sustainability within practice.
To this end his most recent works include the Techniques group Exhibition played with shape and form that comes from material, process, and necessity, and The Urban Jetsam Project, a teaching framework that utilises discarded items as raw material.
Richard delivered a paper at the Making Futures 2 Conference on how making can encourage a more sustainable society through a more person-centred expression or agency.
RSW FEB 2012