Anna Miles Gallery


Reverse Monopoly Big Wigs

28/10/23 — 16/11/23

Richard Stratton’s ceramic stream of consciousness is the result of encyclopedic knowledge of industrial pottery technologies and unrestrained curiosity about any controversy in the social fabric. Stratton was born in Ōtepoti Dunedin in 1970. A family trip overseas in the 1980s proved formative. His recollections of encountering Thatcher’s Britain as a ten year old include seeing nuclear cooling towers disgorging plumes into the atmosphere and devouring a decorative arts ‘feast’ in cathedrals and National Trust houses.

In 1993 Stratton graduated from Otago School of Art. He travelled extensively and worked as a production thrower at commercial potteries in England and Scotland before settling in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington where he has lived and worked ever since. His first solo exhibition, Nurturing Dialectics: A Legation of Teapots was held in 2007 at Anna Miles Gallery. In 2010 Stratton was awarded the Dowse Art Museum Deane Award for Decorative Arts & Design. He took up a residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark in 2015. He was awarded the premier award at the Portage Ceramic Awards in 2017. His Dowse Art Museum exhibition, Living History, toured the country in 2017-8. Stratton’s work is represented in public and private collections including those of Auckland War Memorial Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Dowse Art Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa and Tūhura Otago Museum.

Monkey on a Brick, 2023
Wild clay with white copper slip, oxide washes and underglaze, 170mm x 190mm x 50mm

V&A after Notkin (False Gods), 2023
Wild clay, thrown and altered with black terra sigillata underglazes and coloured slips, 130mm x 230mm x 80mm

Bamboo Elbow, 2023
Thrown and altered clay with red terra sigillata, 210 x 135 x 90mm

Worn Xanadu with bird dropping, 2023
Thrown and altered with black, red and green slip, 215 x 160 x 60mm

Mowed Verge with Growth Rings, 2023
Red and black clay, thrown and altered with green slip and manganese copper slips, 170mm x 60 x 130mm

Cloud Dial, 2023
Thrown and altered with black, red, and green slips & underglazes, 210 x 160 x 65mm

A week spent with Mr Walters, recovery with Mr Matchitt (3% owns 60%), 2023
Wild Clay thrown and altered with black and red clay with grolleg terra sigillata and blue underglaze, 190 x 170 x 110mm

Old School Nepo Baby, 2023
Wild clay, thrown and altered with black, red and grolleg terra sigillata, 180 x 170 x 120mm

Reversed Monopoly with Big Wig, 2023
Wild Clay, thrown and altered with grolleg terra sigillata, 210 x 210 x 120mm

Run Run Run Teapot, 2023
Thrown and altered with grolleg China clay white, red and black terra sigillata, 155 x 110 x 110mm