Richard has been involved with glass for over 30 years since he set up Okra Glass in 1979. He is renowned for his efficient furnaces, glass recipes and designs, use of iridescence, reduction, colour and surface decoration.
In 2010 he left Okra and opened his eighth glass studio and first ever gallery, Station Glass, in a Victorian Station building at the end of a preserved railway line in Shenton, Leicestershire, England
The Station was far too small to fit in traditional glassmaking equipment so Richard worked with Merlyn Farwell to design and build a combined furnace, lehr and gloryhole, the COMBO. The COMBO is now run on electricity and makes glassmaking affordable and possible in a very small space.
Richard`s glass is highly collectible and features in museums, galleries and private collections around the world. Originally inspired by artist`s such as Carder, Galle, Daum and Tiffany, Richard`s work at the Station is pushing back the boundaries even further, with new pieces involving intricate layered, surface decoration, lampworking, cutting and colour combinations.
Richard was involved in the Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase Project where he used his own glass recipes to achieve the right expansion and colour and then blew the blanks for the recreation of the Portland Vase.
As well as running a successful studio Richard periodically runs courses on iridising, furnace design and glass technology at his studio in Leicestershire and taught glass technology and colour on a 6 day Masterclass at Corning Museum of Glass in America