Joey Richardson, an internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor, is renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms. She works predominantly in the medium of wood, but often incorporates cast glass, metal and photography into her creations. Born in 1964 in Lincolnshire, England, she grew up in the heart of Twigmoor Woods on a small farm, here, surrounded by trees, her love for wood, nature, fauna and flora developed.
In 2005 a Worshipful Company of Turners bursary and seven years later a Scholarship from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), both funded development studies in America. In 2015 Joey was awarded the prestigious QEST Award of Excellence.
Whenever possible Joey uses reclaimed local timber. As the passion of her heart meets the talents of her hands she personally sculpts each individual piece on a lathe, with the cutting, shaping and sanding all controlled with the eye. By adding new, innovative techniques:- piercing, colour, texture and artwork for greater originality- Joey developed her philosophical view of her work. She explores and illustrates stories through symbolic form and repeated motifs so each of her unique artworks comes alive with their own story, as dreams, memories and passion are incorporated, allowing the viewer to see into the life of the piece.
Joey’s work is held in many collections and can be seen in numerous museums and exhibitions all around the world. Inspiring others, Joey’s devotion and fluency in passing on her enthusiasm and knowledge is infectious and she regularly teaches and demonstrates all her techniques globally.
Joey, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners of London, is one of the leaders of the artistic wood movement which is developing in the UK. She is currently planning with QEST a large international wood art exhibition to be held in London.
‘‘Trees are a truly beautiful vital resource, and wood art allows nature’s designs to live on in our homes.’’
QEST award for excellence 2015
Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) scholar 2012
Worshipful Company of Turners Bursary 2005 and current Liveryman
Registered Professional Turner
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
Wood Art Today 2
Woodturning Today – A Dramatic Evolution
Shadow of the Turning
‘Audacious’ The fine art of wood
Selected Exhibitions (2010- 2015)
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL – USA
Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA – USA
Fuller Craft Museum. Brocton, MA – USA
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC – USA
Anderson University Museum – York Gallery, Anderson, IN – USA
Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA – USA
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA – USA
Ohio Craft Museum.
Art Palm Beach FL- USA
Sally D Francisco Gallery NJ and Marywood University. USA
‘Rising’ AAW Phoenix, Arizona & St Paul, MN – USA SOFA Chicago represented by Riley galleries USA
SOFA New York USA represented by Zimmer Gallery and del Mano gallery USA
SOFA West Santa Fe represented by Riley galleries USA
AAW Gallery St Paul USA
Wheaton Arts NJ – USA represented by Riley galleries USA
Temple Arts Festival TN – USA
North Carolina Arboretum’s Baker Exhibition Gallery, Ashville NC – USA.
‘Best of British’ Guildhall London.
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: 850 Years of Livery Company Treasures. Guildhall London.
Wizardry in Wood: Carpenters Hall, London
Handmade in Britain, (QEST) London.
Holland and Holland (QEST) London
Invited demonstrator and panellist. 2014- 2016. In addition to the UK, America, Australia, Belgium, Israel, and New Zealand.