Richard Slee has been named as one of the most important contemporary ceramic artists currently working.
His practice rejects the historically utilitarian motivations of ceramics practice to create works that are both playful and subversive. Pieces are often born from functional roots but, through the use of humour and pun, function is detached and is replaced with flourish for example, elegant ceramic hacksaws and bright earthenware hammers. Slee’s practice is characterised by dichotomy and opposition but in the marrying of these opposites Slee offers the absurd as a reality.
Richard Slee’s work is part of numerous collections globally, including the Crafts Council Collection.