Richard McCord Scholarship Fund

Richard McCord joined the teaching staff at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in 1984. Over the next 28 years, he taught hundreds of children and adult students to appreciate and master working with clay. He was the first recipient of VisArts’ Master Teacher Award.

Known for elegant hand-built shapes and fantastic glaze technique, Richard’s work combined his appreciation for surface design with a keen understanding of the expressive quality of low-fire clays. His work was a rare combination of the sculptural and functional. Richard studied clay in many nationally recognized programs such as VCU, Penland and Arrowmont.  Prior to joining the Visual Arts Center, Richard was the resident potter at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and on the faculty at University of Richmond.

Richard passed away in 2012, and a scholarship was established in his memory. The Richard McCord Scholarship Fund provides an opportunity for someone who is new to clay to enroll in a beginner’s class at VisArts, free of charge. To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements.