Born Pennsylvania, USA.
A retired Nurse Anesthetist and potter for over 35+ years, Rick took his first pottery course while attending college in Philadelphia, PA. In the 1970′s Rick moved to Portland, ME. to work at Maine Medical Center. In need of studio space, he began looking for a small studio to rent in the Old Port. Rick discovered Portland Pottery located on Exchange Street where he was able to rent a small work space and soon after bacame an apprentice to owner Larry Adlerstein. In 1975 Rick and a business partner Stewart Kestenbaum opened Second Story Pottery on Exchange Street. After a day trip to Peaks Island Rick decided to purchase a home on the Island and in 1976 Rick closed Second Story Pottery. Since 1976, with few exceptions, Rick has continuously produced ceramic art and pottery on Peaks Island.
Currently, Rick owns and operates Richard Boyd Pottery Studio and Richard Boyd Art Gallery which are located on Peaks Island, Maine at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street , first building on the right. Richard Boyd Art Gallery located on the first floor is an owner operated gallery exhibiting original 20th and 21st century works of art created by artists with a connection to the State of Maine, working in the media of painting, sculpture, clay and glass. A studio producing hand made original works of art with a focus on ceramic art and pottery is located on the second floor.
Rick has taken a seminar with Warren Mackenzie at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, courses at Vanderbilt University, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine College of Art and has served as a mentor and visiting artist at Nicolet College in Wisconsin. His work is exhibited locally and nationally and is held in numerous private collections. Rick’s pottery has been shown in the Working Waterfront Newspaper, Down East Magazine and The Island Times. Member of the American Ceramic Society Potters Council, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Maine Art Commission, Maine Made, the Maine Crafts Association and the Portland Maine First Friday Art Walk.