First Decade Interview with Richard Slee
Digital sound file of First Decade interview with Richard Slee, 01:05:28.
In this 2015 First Decade interview, ceramicist Richard Slee discusses his time studying at the Central School, and his eye-opening experiences in Yugoslavia and America, which heavily influenced his work in the 70s and 80s. He discusses the influences on his work during this time including contemporary design, 50s Disney cartoons, and historical pre-Colombian works. He reflects upon regrets, peer-envy, changing techniques and being torn between the desire to be decorative and fear of being shunned by his contemporaries. Slee humorously opens up about his views on the Crafts Council in the 70s and his feelings about being beyond or outside of the Leach movement that was taking place, before detailing his memories of ‘flogging’ jewellery (often made from dolly sweets) at Selfridges to earn a living.