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. Each piece is unique as she makes, melts, and merges together layers of different glazes and fragments of images.
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.
Raewyn has conceived and collaborated on public art projects with Thames archaeologist Mike Webber. They have provided workshops for the Totally Thames Festival resulting in a large scale clay installation on the Thames Foreshore in front of Tate Modern.
*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. A Mud Larkers treasure today is in 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. 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