Richard Slee

b. 1946, Carlisle

Brief biography

Richard Slee was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, in 1946. After attending Carlisle College of Art and Design between 1964 and 1965, he completed a BA in Ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design, London (1965-1970) and an MA in Design at the Royal College of Art, London (1986-1988). Slee’s work has played an important role in challenging the conventional notion of studio ceramics and often has a strong narrative element. Regarded as a major figure in British contemporary craft, Slee has exhibited widely nationally and internationally including a solo exhibition of his work, ‘Richard Slee: From Utility to Futility’, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010. In 2001 Slee was the winner of the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize. His work features in many public and private collections worldwide, including the British Council, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland and the Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA. Slee currently lives and works in London.

Education & training

MA Design, Royal College of Art, 1986-1988
BA Ceramics, Central School of Art and Design, 1965-1970
Carlisle College of Art and Design, 1964-1965


Present: Professor Emeritus The University of the Arts, London.

Selected bibliography:
Clark, G. and Courtney, C., Richard Slee, The Potters Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent / Lund Humphries (London) 2003.
Watson, O. Richard Slee, Grand Wizard, Tate St. Ives, 2003.
Graves, A. 'Slee Selects', Ceramic Review, September/October 2002.
Maiden, E. 'A career in clay', AN Magazine, October 2002.
Painter, C. (Ed) Contemporary Art and the Home, Berg 2002.
Greenhalgh, P. (Ed.) The persistance of Craft, A&C Black 2002.
Pitts, J. 'Artist: Richard Slee', Arts Review, October 2001.
Vincent, P. 'Slee crowned King', Ceramics in Society, Autumn 2001.
Jackson, L. 'Intense times for an Ironic Potter', The Independent, 6 October 2001.
Haslam, M. 'Richard Slee', Crafts, July 2000.
Vincent, P. 'Slee is King', Studio Pottery, June 2000.
Richard Slee; Grayson Perry, cat. BarrettMarsden Gallery, London, 2000. Reprinted Studio pottery, June 2000
Harrod, T. The Crafts in Britain in the 20th Century, Yale University Press, (Newhaven and London), 1999.
Watson, Dr.O, Richard Slee-Grand Wizard of Studio Ceramics, Cat. BarrettMarsden Gallery, (London) Oct. 1998.
de Waal, E., 'Something nasty in the Suburbs', Crafts, November 1998.
'Richard Slee, o el Arte de Imprimir', Internacional Ceramica, Madrid. No. 66, 1998.
Marshal, A. 'Richard Slee's Tableware commission', Ceramics Technical, Australia,1998.
Courtney, K. 'Book Plates', Art Monthly, December 1995.
'Reinventing the Familiar; Richard Slee', Artist Newsletter, June 1995.
Dewald, G. 'Keramishe Plastik', Neue Bildende Kunst, February 1995.
Greenhalgh, P. 'Richard Slee', Studio Pottery, February 1993.
Huston, J. Richard Slee: Ceramics in Studio, Bellew Publishing/ Crafts Council 1990.
Watson, O. British Studio Pottery, V&A/Phaidon/Christies, 1990.
Rice, P. and Gowing, C. British Studio Ceramics, Barrie and Jenkins (London) 1989.
Hetterly, S. Richard Slee- Recent Works, Catalogue, The City Gallery (Leicester) 1989.
Contemporary British Crafts, Catalogue, Museums of Modern Art Tokyo and Kyoto (Japan) 1988.
Dormer, P. The New Ceramics, Thames and Hudson (London) 1986.
Dormer, P. Fast Forward, Catalogue, I.C.A. (London) 1985.
Allington (Ed.) British Ceramics, Catalogue, Museum Het Kruithuis, s`Hertogenbosh (Holland) 1985.
Deacon, R. Richard Slee, Katherine Virgils, Catalogue, British Crafts Centre (London) 1984.
Dormer, P. 'Routes of Exchange', Crafts, May 1984.
Britton, K.A. 'Sevres with Krazy', Crafts, May 1983.
Street-Porter, J. 'Slee Notes', Design, No.293, May 1973.