Born in North Yorkshire Helen Ridehalgh studied Fine Art at Bath Academy 1963 – 66 returning to teach on the BA Honours Degree course at the College of Ripon and York St John. In 1979 she specialised in ceramics at Camberwell School of Art and studied bronze casting. She was then invited to teach drawing and history of ceramics at the colleges of Camberwell and Croydon. In 1992 she was invited to teach portrait drawing to the surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons at the outset of their course “The art of Reconstructive Surgery”.
“I am inspired by the life figure whether human or animal. My finely modelled ceramic torsos have been exhibited and collected internationally and in 1992 my work was represented in The British Council’s “Aspect of Ceramics” in Germany . In 2010 I was commissioned by the Balearics Arts Council to sculpt a historical portrait of Admiral Collingwood . Now living by this beautiful Devonshire coast I am able to indulge in my love of the sea , rock stratas and an interest in ethnography, presented by neanderthal cave dwellers .”