Richard Bideau studied natural sciences at Cambridge and later engineering at Leeds. His interest in pottery started at an early age from his mother, the well known Lancashire potter Joan Bideau.
Richard’s interest in crystalline glazes stemmed from an article in New Scientist magazine. He was intrigued by the possibility of combining his knowledge of chemistry with the freedom of expression offered by pottery. Starting with a published glaze recipe, Richard embarked upon a journey of experimentation. After many thousands of tests this has resulted in a unique range of crystalline glazes. Richard now has an international reputation for the quality of his glazes and fine porcelain forms.