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Richard Ballantyne




Richard Ballantyne

Raku Fox Head by Richard Ballantyne for AUTHOR's collection of British-made unique furniture and homeware accessories

Regular price £210 Sale

Beautifully handcrafted and fired in Buckinghamshire, England by ceramic artist Richard Ballantyne.

This characterful fellow is completely hand made and so each is unique and individual. Hand built from clay, this fox is then raku fired to create the amazing crackle glaze on his snout, chin and ears. Can be ordered without goggles and with feathers.

We also have some suitably grumpy raku hens available here which probably explain the feathers in the fox's mouth.


  • Select 'Luxury Gift Wrapping' in BAG and, for £3.50 per gift ordered, we will wrap the gift beautifully in one of our luxury gift boxes with tissue paper, ribbon and seasonal decoration. We can also add a personalised message at no extra cost, which you can provide in the 'notes' section in CHECKOUT.


  • As each piece is individually made, these measurements are a rough guide:
    Height: between 11 - 13cm
    Width: Between 12 - 16cm
    Depth: Between 14 - 19cm

  • 1-4 weeks depending on the maker's schedule if we have none in stock as it would need to be made.

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  • Just a light dust using a feather duster or a soft, clean cloth.
Why we love this product

A distinctive character that looks like he may have flown out of a Kenneth Grahame novel, grabbing a spot of feathery lunch on route.

This flying-enthusiast fox is a joyful addition to any mantelpiece, book shelf, or wall. Hand built and fired in Buckinghamshire, his crackle glazed ears, chin and snout are creating using the Raku firing method. Raku is an ancient firing technique that was used traditionally in Japanese Tea Ceremonies. It was developed by potters in the USA during the late 50's and from there it has evolved to what it is today. The pieces are taken out of the kiln to cool to 800 degrees and then put into a mixture of sawdust to create the crackly, variant Raku pattern that is just so exquisite. 

As each piece is handmade, no one is the same. This delightful fox can be acquired with or without his trusty goggles and with or without feathers in his mouth.

Customer Reviews

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Ewan Colville
Timeless classics and inspiring gift ideas

A superb range of genuinely rare and highly covetable home furnishings, gifts and accessories. From heirloom pieces to contemporary artworks, timeless classics and inspiring and special gifts, Author's founder Jane Adams and her team have gone to incredible lengths to source and curate the hundreds of beautiful products their website now offers. And, I love this part of their approach, all Author items are handcrafted in Britain by British makers.