John D. Richards
Whimsical and Charming Sculpture
This Wisconsin native spent his formative years in locations as far-flung as Chicago, Glen Falls, New York, and Puerto Rico. His degree is in English, from Union College in Schenectady, NY, but the teaching life wasn’t for him, so he took courses at Pratt Institute and his work has been seen at Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, and The Museum of Contemporary Crafts, among others. He’s been profiled in House and Garden, Southern Living, The London Times and the New York Times to name a few.
Visit the website: www.yummymudpuddle.com for a list of galleries where his work can be found, including Southern Highland Folk Art Guild and Grovewood Gallery, both in Asheville, Seven sisters in Black Mountain, Kathleen’s in Saluda, and Christopher Park Gallery in Greenville, SC, to name just a few. You can also purchase his work online through the website.
He and his wife, potter Claudia Dunaway, live on ten majestic acres of forest overlooking Black Mountain, NC. Their gallery also features handmade textile wearables by Kathryn Lynch.
There’s more. The couple is part of a band, called Hot Duck Soup. Never seen or heard their music, but it sounds like fun. Claudia plays cornet, ukulele, deer call and nose flute. John offers banjo, vocals and humor. They also have a lovely vacation rental on their property, complete with a pond and ducks, and killer views.