Ben Richardson
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Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson lives on the coastal edge of Tasmania, the island state of Australia. Over thirty years ago he swapped fiberglass and the ocean for clay and fire. Since then, as owner of Ridgeline Pottery, he has journeyed in place, exploring place and purpose through wood-firing and designing tableware for some of Australia’s leading restaurants. Richardson can be reached at, and followed on Instagram @ridgelinepottery.


Place-based making is holistic not fragmented, regional not global, and inti­mately connected to place, not disassociated from it.
Bernard Leach - Vol. 27 No. 1, December 1998
I live in Tasmania, the southernmost state in Australia. For the last fifteen years, I have researched and tested Tasmanian raw materials with the aim of making my glazes entirely from the local materials that I have collected and processed.
Pottery by Ben Richardson for Garagistes restaurant, Hobart, Tasmania. Culinary arts by Chef Luke Burgess (center, in red). Photograph by Chris Crerar.
Recently, having my work used in fine dining restaurants, where the work can be seen and enjoyed fully within a theatre of dining, has been a powerful force.