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Richard Slee

(British b.1946)

Richard Slee, born in 1946 in Cumbria, UK, is a pivotal figure in contemporary ceramics. He studied at Carlisle College of Art & Design and the Central School of Art & Design, London, before earning his MA at the Royal College of Art. His work challenges traditional ceramic notions, blending eclectic references from past and present to create narratives that transcend utilitarian origins. Slee's pieces, often exploring the domestic interior, reflect his fascination with the ornamental and symbolic. His vibrant sculptural ceramics, influenced by eighteenth and nineteenth-century decorative porcelain, have earned international acclaim. Notable exhibitions include the Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate St Ives. Slee's legacy lives on in collections worldwide, showcasing his narrative depth and technical mastery.

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A yellow earthenware lidded jar made by Richard Slee in circa 1988 sold at auction by Maak Contemporary Ceramics



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