Raewyn Harrison is a London based ceramic artist who grew up by the sea in New Zealand, both locations deeply influence her work. She creates porcelain collections with a strong narrative based on sites and structures that fascinate her. Her trade mark dribble edges are combined with her own glazes that fragment images, making each piece unique.
The River Thames is a constant source of inspiration and led her to delve into the archives of Elizabethan Maps and 18th Century panoramas of London. Fragments of these images form the basis of her Mud Larking* series.
She has created industrial panoramas for her porcelain bottles using distinctive photography of the last remaining Bottle Kilns in Stoke on Trent.
Research, photography and making evolve into a mix of image, form and story.
Raewyn uses a variety of processes and techniques including slip casting, throwing and hand building. She intentionally leaves a trail of evidence throughout the process – throwing lines, cast edges, dribbles and imbedded marks.
*The tradition of Mud Larking, finding fragments of objects along the Thames foreshore is a rich source of inspiration for Raewyn. She collects images such as the Elizabethan Agas map of London or the Buck 1749 panoramas. They are documented memories of the river that she occasionally places beside more recent images of London to capture a connection between the past and the present.
In September 2017, Raewyn will be exhibiting at London's Tate Modern, the fruit of several months of work with a Thames archaeologist documenting the history of this iconic capital waterway.
2008/2009 Fine & Applied Art Ceramic Diploma. City Lit, London
2007 City and Guilds Ceramic Portfolio. City Lit, London
1995 BA(hons) Interior Design - First Class, University of North London