Richard Slee (b. 1946) lives and works in London.  Described as the “Grand Wizard of Studio Ceramics” by Dr Oliver Watson, (the former Curator of Applied Arts at the Victoria & Albert Museum), Slee is one of Britain’s most important artists working in ceramics today and has established an international reputation as a contemporary artist and designer.

Slee’s work often reflects the familiar and the domestic, pairing the mass produced with the handmade and the functional with the ornate. Through these uncanny hybrids his works convey a subversive humorous vision that playfully investigates the limits of the ceramic tradition.  Everyday objects are meticulously realized with highly glazed, bright colours. The seductive surfaces recall a Pop or post-modern aesthetic that belies the psychological and underlying cultural references.

His work is represented in many important public collections worldwide and has been exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally.


1964-65           Carlisle College of Art and Design
1965-70           Central School of Art and Design, London. BA Ceramics
1986-88           Royal College of Art, London. MA Design R.C.A.
Present:          Teaching Professor, University of the Arts, London


2014-2016      Work and Play, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carisle, Cumbria.
               Touring: Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham
2013      Fit for Purpose, Hales Gallery, London
               ‘Richard Slee: Revolution in the Rain’, Milton Keynes Arts Centre
2012      Camp Futility, Studio Voltaire, London
2010      Richard Slee: From Utility to Futility, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
               Richard Slee, Hales Gallery, London
2008      Richard Slee, Recent Works, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London.
2007      Richard Slee, Garth Clark Gallery, New York.
2006      Richard Slee at Barrett Marsden, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
2004      Panoramas, The Pier Arts Center, Stomness, Orkney, Scotland 2004
               “A Secret History of Clay” Tate Liverpool (Catalogue)
2003      Panoramas, Tate St. Ives and Ruthin Crafts Centre, Wales (Catalogue)
               SHOW5 Retrospective, Richard Slee, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery,
               Stoke-on-Trent. Crafts Council, London and The Hub, Linconshire.
2002      Richard Slee, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
               Richard Slee, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2000      Richard Slee, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London, (Catalogue)
1998      Richard Slee, BarrettMarsden Gallery, London (Catalogue)
1994      Richard Slee, Garth Clark Gallery, New York
               Richard Slee, Hering and Lehmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1990      ‘Richard Slee” National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
1989      Richard Slee- Recent Works, The City Gallery, Leicester (Catalogue)
1987      Richard Slee, Hordaland Kunstersentrum, Bergen and Gallery F.15, Norway


2017      That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio. 1920 – Today, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK (forthcoming)
2015      Synergy, London Glassblowing, London
               CERAMIX, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands
               Many a Slip, Marsden Woo Gallery
2013      Subversive Design, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
2011       Postmodernism, Victoria and Albert Museum
               Thing, Tang, Trash, The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway
2010      Causing Chaos, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft
               Knock Knock: Who’s There? That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York
2009      Recent Acquisitions, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, U.S.A

Public Collections

Arizona State University
Arts Review
London Bradford City Museum
British Council
Buckinghamshire County Museum
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington U.S.A.
Crafts Council
London Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Hongik University, Korea
Hove Museum
South East Arts Collection
James Mayor Gallery, London
Knokke Heist Municipality,Belgium
Leicester City Museum
Los Angeles County Museum
Manchester Metropolitan Museum
Middlesborough Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art Museum of Art and Design, New York
Museum Het Kruithuis, Holland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Muzej GRAD, Slovenia
National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim, Norway
National Museum, Stockholm
Norwich Art Gallery
The Potteries Museum and Art Galley, Stoke-on-Trent
Norwich Art Gallery
Paisley Museum, Scotland
Shigararaki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
University College of Wales
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
York City Art Gallery
Whitworth Museum, Liverpool

Photos © Richard Slee, courtesy of Hales, London, New York