Richard Bideau


Richard Bideau studied natural sciences at Cambridge and later engineering at Leeds, following which he worked as a chemical engineer.

Richard’s interest in pottery started at an early age and was passed on by his mother, the well-known Lancashire potter Joan Bideau.

In 1995, an article on crystalline glazes in the New Scientist magazine caught his attention. Richard was intrigued by he possibility of combining his knowledge of chemistry with the freedom of expression offered by pottery.

Starting with a published glaze recipe, Richard embarked on a journey of experimentation that has, after many thousands of tests, resulted in a unique range of crystalline glazes.

The crystalline glaze is one of the most challenging effects that the studio potter can strive to perfect. The spectacular appearance is due to crystals that form within the glaze during firing.
Like frost growing on a cold window pane, the crystals are formed at random, but unlike ice, they are created when the intense heat of the kiln transform the initially dull glaze into a sparkling array of brilliant shapes and colours – a process which mirrors the formation of minerals within the Earth’s mantle. The crystal are three dimensional and, as light catches them, they shimmer like holograms.

Richard Bideau