Richard Ballantyne started his career at Bradford College of Art later going on to High Wycombe University to study gaining a degree in glass and ceramics. He is now a ceramic artist with some lecturing at High Wycombe University and Thames Valley University. His ceramics are as varied as the British climate - the work being both sculptural and functional, life size and miniature. From Raku to high fired porcelain. his work often incorporates found objects; anything from ash from Mount St. Helens in a glaze to stones washed up on the beach used as plinths.