Raewyn Harrison is a London based ceramic artist who grew up in New Zealand. She creates porcelain collections with a strong narrative based on sites and structures that fascinate her. Her trademark dribble edges are combined with her own glazes that fragment images, making each piece unique.
The river Thames is a constant source of inspiration which led to the creation of her Mud Larking* series. She collects fragments from the foreshore, delves into archives for historical maps, and goes on expeditions to take photographs of decommissioned structures in the Thames Estuary.
She has created panoramas of industrial history for her Stoke 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 embedded marks.
*In the 18th and 19th centuries the term Mud Lark was used to describe someone who scavenged in Thames mud at low tide to find anything of value. It was a dangerous and meagre existence, very different to the people you find mud larking on the river today. These days a Mud Larkers treasure is finding fragments of objects that give us an insight of how ordinary Londoners lived in the past. Significant finds must be recorded with the Museum of London and to pick anything up from the Thames Foreshore in London you need to obtain a permit from the Port of London Authority.
2008/2009 Fine & Applied Art Ceramic Diploma. City Lit, London
2007 City and Guilds Ceramic Portfolio. City Lit, London
1995 BA(hons) Interior Architecture – First Class, University of North London