Rick Rudd was born in Great Yarmouth, England and trained at Great Yarmouth and Wolverhampton colleges of art between 1968 and 1973. In 1973 he arrived in New Zealand and since then has won numerous awards. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally. He has curated national exhibitions and has conducted workshops for potters’ groups and polytechnics around New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia. He was president of the New Zealand Society of Potters from 1988 to 1991. His work is held in many New Zealand public collections and has been illustrated in several books.
Rick Rudd was born in Great Yarmouth, England and trained at Great Yarmouth and Wolverhampton Colleges of Art attaining a Diploma of Art and Design, Ceramics in 1972.
In 1973 he arrived in New Zealand and since then has won several awards including the Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award (1978 winner, 1980, 1982 and 1983 merit awards), the Winstones Bowl Award (1981), the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art, Caltex Oil Award (1983), Norsewear Art Award for Pottery (1995), the Royal Easter Show Pottery Award (2001) and Ballantynes Contemporary Tableware Premier Award (2001).
He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand, regularly in solo exhibitions, numerous times as guest exhibitor and his work has been included in international exhibitions in Faenza, Italy (1981 and 1983); Sydney, Australia (1982 and 1988); Edmonton Canada (1993); Flagstaff, USA (1984); Vancouver, Canada (1986); La Jolla, USA (1986); Santa Anna, USA (1993); Singapore (1995 and 2003); Takayama, Japan (1995); Porvoo, Finland (1996); Tokyo, Japan (1998); Fremantle, Sydney and Shepparton, Australia (2002), Hong Kong (2004 and 2006), Taiwan (2004 and 2006) and Guernsey (2005).
He has curated and selected national exhibitions and has conducted workshops for many potters' groups and polytechnics around New Zealand. He was president of the New Zealand Society of Potters (1988 to 1991), a participant in the first New Zealand Ceramics Symposium (1988), has received two Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grants (1984 and 1992) and was a member of the Trust Board of the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui (1991 to 1997).
His work is held in the New Zealand High Commission, Singapore and in most of the museum and art gallery collections in New Zealand, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum; Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton; Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; Hawkes Bay Art Gallery and Museum, Napier; Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch; Otago Museum, Dunedin and the Suter Gallery, Nelson.
His work has often been illustrated in the New Zealand Potter magazine and is represented in several books including Craft New Zealand, Doreen Blumhardt and Brian Brake, 1981; Studio Ceramics, Peter Lane, 1983; Ceramic Form, Peter Lane, 1988; Profiles - 24 New Zealand Potters, Cecilia Parkinson and John Parker, 1988; Contemporary Ceramic Art in Australia and New Zealand, Janet Mansfield, 1995; 100 New Zealand Craft Artists, Helen Schamroth, 1998; Raku-Investigations into Fire, David Jones, Cornwood Press, 1999; 500 Teapots, Lark Books, 2002; 500 Bowls, Lark Books, 2003 and Crafted by Design, Jeanette Cook, Random House, 2005.
All Rudd's work is hand built, the majority pinched and coiled, a technique of adding thick coils of clay to the piece then pinching, squeezing and shaping the clay as it is extended. Once the forming process is completed the work is scraped and the form refined. The making process being relatively slow necessitates several days work being spent on some pieces. His shapes evolve rather than begin as separate ideas and new works often hark back to previous pieces but take on a new dimension.