Robert Richert specializes in production throwing of traditional utilitarian stoneware ranging from mugs, bowls, and plates to jugs, lamps and custom pieces. His pieces stand out for their comfortable, functional form aesthetic and quality craftsmanship.
Rob started as an intern at the Vermont Clay Studio in Montpelier Vermont at age 13. Captivated by the inclusive and vibrant artistic community, the studio became a home away from home, working there full-time throughout his middle and high school years. He was influenced by the Japanese production style of mentor Dave Root. Visiting artists Seth Cardew, Andy Hall, Bob Compton, and Peggy DuPont also broadened his horizons teaching workshops in throwing large pots, specialty vessels, and contemporary style. He also naturally took to the technical aspects of the studio learning to fire, fix kilns and mix glazes.
At 14, he built his first studio in an 8x8 aluminum shed complete with kick wheel and woodstove.
Rob has since worked at studios around Vermont including Burlington City Arts, Brattleboro Clay Works, River Street Pottery, and Montpelier Mudd.
Today, Rob throws out of his own studio, Vermont Country Pottery, in East Calais, as well as in the process of opening a retail and studio space in Hardwick. He eventually hopes to evolve Vermont Country Pottery into a non-profit Studio Center with classes, recreating the positive artistic community he experienced growing up. In addition to throwing, Rob works servicing kilns and wheels for local schools and potters.