Ruth Harrison Ceramics

Handmade Ceramics Made In Devon

Working in the Ceramic Studio at Plymouth College of Art. Attaching disks to a slipcast 70cm tall porcelain cylinder that had a gradient strip of blue. Approx 36 hours was spent on this piece over 4 days. Unfortunately the piece fell over in the kiln as it was being fired and now it can’t stand up by itself. I still have this piece and it is being used as a door stop.

Working in the Ceramic Studio at Plymouth College of Art. Attaching disks to a slipcast 70cm tall porcelain cylinder that had a gradient strip of blue. Approx 36 hours was spent on this piece over 4 days. Unfortunately the piece fell over in the kiln as it was being fired and now it can’t stand up by itself. I still have this piece and it is being used as a door stop.

 

The Beginning:

Originally from Tiptree, near Colchester in Essex, I graduated from Plymouth College of Art (PCA) in 2013. During this time I found my passion for ceramics, even though I chose the college for their glass and metal facilities as this is what I initially wanted to study. There was a 2 week project called ‘Repeat Forms’ and the light bulb flicked on. Being able to wrap a shape around an object multiple times to create a pattern; the possibilities were endless to what I could do with one shape. Developing my ideas in the form of paper maquettes, seeing if they work well in paper and then moving on to white stoneware. During my final year at PCA we had the choice of taking a project we had done in the past and developing it further for our Final Major Project to show at our Summer Show. This is the year where I developed my ideas and process of applying the disks and experimenting with colour and pattern. At PCA we were lucky to have 2 established ceramic artists, Chris Taylor and Keith Harrison, who gave us advice and tutorials to assist us during our final year.

Since leaving college I was making my pieces on a small 60cm square table in my living room, then transporting my pieces that were ready to be bisque fired or glazed to Flameworks where I have a membership there. Flameworks is a creative arts facility based in Plymouth which has various specialist workshops from jewellery to blacksmithing and ceramics. Taking part in exhibitions to get my ceramics seen by the public and galleries.

Recently I bought a shed which is now my permanent studio space. Having a designated place to make has been brilliant to help focus and block out distractions. By the desk I have 4 windows that let in plenty of natural light and that over look the garden which is full of beautiful flowers. I’m still using the kiln at Flameworks. My choice of clay is still porcelain but I am testing a black stoneware clay and hoping to do a limited edition collection with this clay.

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