It took me years to persuade him that it would be a good idea to make a film about him and his life’s work. ‘Who on earth would want to watch it?’ he asked. The film that the Joanna Bird Foundation made with Alex J. Wright was finally released in 2017 and he was very pleased with it.
Today, Richard's work can be found in museums world-wide, in the Crafts Council Collections and in countless private collections. He had two important exhibitions in 1972 and 1984 at the Crafts Centre, London, and a retrospective at Contemporary Applied Arts in 2016. He also exhibited internationally, in Sweden and in Germany.
Richard would have wanted his work to inspire forthcoming generations of potters. And he remains an inspiration for us all. He was a true friend and an impressive character; self-assured through self-reliance and self-belief, yet warm in his heartfelt approach to life.
Of all the giants I have known, he was the gentlest.
An exhibition of works by Richard Batterham (1936 - 2021) will run at the V&A from 26 November 2021 to September 2022 and will be accompanied by a publication later in the year