Educated at Bryanston School, Dorset, under the artist and potter Donald Potter, Richard Batterham served a two-year apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery, St Ives, under Bernard Leach*, in the mid 1950s. In 1959 he set up independently at Durweston, Dorset, where he continues to make thrown domestic stoneware and some very large-scale individual pots, with either a wood-ash or a salt glaze. In the mid 1960s he built a new pottery and a four-chambered oil and wood-fired climbing kiln at Durweston. He has remained faithful to the pottery tradition of Bernard Leach and has never wavered from the life of full-time potter making useful wares. His work is exhibited and sold widely and is represented in many private and public collections in the UK.
*Denotes included in the Crafts Study Centre Collection.