Richard Batterham film at BSAD

MA Ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design is delighted to present a new film by the Joanna Bird Foundation:

Richard Batterham, Master Potter

Monday 22 October | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

BSAD, Sion Hill Lecture Theatre


A discussion between Joanna Bird and filmmaker Alex J. Wright will be chaired by Dr. Conor Wilson, after the screening.

The screening is free to all and there is no need to book.


Richard Batterham DVD poster email

We felt it was imperative to make a film about Richard Batterham – the last of a line; a potter of great distinction. He is a prime example of how one man with due talent, diligence and discipline can achieve a remarkable and successful lifetime’s work making pots which truly enhance life. Our aim for the film was to record Batterham’s philosophy as a legacy which we hope will inform and inspire those who see it.

We think this documentary will be of interest to practicing potters, teachers, collectors, journalists and enthusiasts. We are deeply grateful to Richard and to Alex J. Wright for all the time they have dedicated to the film, as we are to both Sir David Attenborough and Nigel Slater.

Joanna Bird


“This fine documentary is a deep dive into one man’s world of making, and the philosophy behind a life in pottery. The sense of accumulation – of time, of clay, of conviction – is palpable in every shot. We also hear from the magnificent David Attenborough and master chef Nigel Slater (who begins every day with his Batterham breakfast bowl). Their voices remind us that often, the most meaningful things in life are rooted in the everyday, indeed, in the dirt beneath our feet.” 

Glenn Adamson. Senior Research Scholar, Yale Centre of British Art 


Author: bsadceramics

Course leader, MA Ceramics Bath School of Art & Design

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