Rick Rudd was born in Great Yarmouth in England, gaining a Diploma in Art and Design from Wolverhampton College of Art in 1972.
In 1973 he came to New Zealand and embarked on an exploration of line and form in his ceramics. This became an ongoing theme that is still dominant in his work today.
In addition to this emphasis, Rudd utilises a restrained palette of black, grey and white. His use of colour has been occasional, the result of experimentation with glazes and raku techniques after a QEII Arts Council grant in 1992.
There have also been figurative periods in Rudd's oeuvre, resulting in pieces featuring animals or human torsos. While some retained traces of the vessel, a number appeared as purely sculptural works.
More recently, Rudd has returned to the bottle or bowl form and the teapot, and the simple lines and smooth forms of modern design are once again his primary object.