Richard Baxter – ceramics

By Sally Pudney on 8th April 2015

Another ‘artist visit’ today, this time to Richard Baxter’s ceramic studio. Richard will be exhibiting with us for the first time this year, and I was so pleased when he agreed to do so, having admired his work in the past at the Haylett’s Gallery in Maldon.

I first met Richard last summer when I went to buy a beautiful large yellow and black bowl from him for Graham’s birthday. Richard’s studio is in Old Leigh, on the banks of the Thames. Old Leigh Studios has a gallery on the street side of the building, which Richard shares with other artists. His large workshop is at the back, full of work in all stages of completion. And also two canoes, for use on the Thames, when the tide is in. Today the tide was as far out as one could imagine, with nothing to see but mud!

We had a good chat, and sorted out all the details about the exhibition, and heard about Richard’s new kiln – arriving on Monday! – and his eight piece band, the Famous Potatoes, which has played together for over thirty years. When I asked, in astonishment, whether the line-up had remained the same for all that time, Richard said they had had a new member who had only been with them for twenty-three years – and they were still having a few teething problems with him . . . .

Richard Baxter in his studio at Old Leigh

Richard Baxter in his studio at Old Leigh

I know Richard’s work is going to make a stunning display at this year’s Lexden Arts Festival, and shall look forward to unpacking it all at the end of the month, to see exactly what he has brought us! If you would like to see what to expect go to

Can I remind you that tickets for the evening events at the Festival are now on sale on the website and also from Red Lion Books in Colchester. They are already starting to go, so don’t wait too long!

This week the spring really seems to have arrived! The hedges, driving down to Old Leigh, were noticeably green, and we finished off our visit to Old Leigh with fish and chips – what else! – eaten outside at the pub opposite Richard’s studio, in the sunshine! Actual warm sunshine! Hope you are enjoying it too. 🙂


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