Simon Rich

Simon was born in 1949. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to Alan Caiger-Smith of the Aldermaston Pottery where he trained for five years before starting his own workshop.

He has had numerous exhibitions and is a member of the Maker’s Guild of Wales, where he now lives.

Simon is renowned for his zinc crystalline glazes which are made by melting sand, soda ash, alumina, zinc and flint into a glass compound. It is then ground to a fine powder. Before glazing, an exact amount is weighed out for each pot, and metal oxides are then added to produce the variety of colours that can be seen in the work. The firings vary according to the amount of colourant oxides and glaze adjustments. This produces constantly evolving glazes on the pieces.