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STEVE HARRISON

Born 1952, U.K. Arrived in Australia 1956

Training

1971-72 East Sydney Technical College, Ceramics Certificate
1973 Apprenticeship with Japanese Potter Shiga Shigeo
1979 East Sydney Technical College, Ceramics Post Certificate, Research Strand

1988-95 Master of Arts, Hons. (M.A. Hons. Research – woodfiring), Wollongong University

1998-2008 PhD, University of Western Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2017 ‘5 Stones, Watters Gallery, Sydney.                                                                              2015 Five Thoughts – Just One Idea, Watters Gallery, Sydney
2014 A Meditation of Bowls, Watters Gallery, Sydney
2013 The Sweet Spot – Works of Contemplation, Desire and Fulfilment, Watters Gallery,

2011 Precious Little Watters Gallery, Sydney
2010 Gem Stone, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Head First, Mind over Matter Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney
2008 Heart of Darkness Legge Gallery.  Look Who’s Throwing Stones Sturt Gallery,
2007 The Hand of the Other Legge Gallery
2006 Dirty Little Secrets Legge Gallery
2004 From the Ground Up Legge Gallery
2000 Another Senseless Act of Beauty Legge Gallery
1998 From a Point of Singularity to a Position of Sharing Legge Gallery

1997 Leave the window open Legge Gallery
1996 Side by Side & Back to Back Back to Back Gallery, Newcastle

Self Knowledge through Guan and High Water Legge Gallery

1995 You arrogant French Bastard Legge Gallery
1994 We have seen the enemy Legge Gallery
1993 Axe man … Spare that tree Legge Gallery
1992 Little White Lies Legge Gallery
1991 Woodfired Pots Legge Gallery

Group Exhibitions

  1. 1972  Graduate Show Cell Block, East Sydney Technical College
  2. 1973  Patana Gallery, Manly Vale, Sydney
  1. 1978  Potters Society Gallery, SydneyFishers Ghost Festival, Campbelltown City Gallery, Macquarie Gallery, Sydney
  2. 1979  First National Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ ExhibitionPort Hacking Potters Group, Sydney
  3. 1980  Dozen Different Ways Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and Crafts Board, Australia Council travelling show
  4. 1981  Blaxland Gallery, SydneyNational Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ Exhibition
  5. 1982  Exhibition with Peter Rushforth and Janine King, Le-Var, Shipley
  6. 1983  Ceramic Staff Show Cell Block Theatre, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney National Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ Exhibition
  1. 1985  Ceramic Staff Show Cell Block Theatre, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney National Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ Exhibition
  2. 1986  Port Hacking Potters Group
    National Ceramic Award Exhibition Canberra
    Clay Statements Toowoomba
    National Woodfire Conference, Speakers exhibition La Trobe Valley Arts Centre
  3. 1987  Australian touring show, Canada and U.S.A.
    National Ceramic Award Exhibition Centre Gallery, Surfers Paradise
  4. 1988  National Ceramic Award Exhibition Canberra
  5. 1989  Jan Jones Contemporary Art, Moss ValeQ.P.A. Woodfire Show, Brisbane
    Woodfire ’89 Three Ways Gallery, Gulgong; Orange; Potters Society Butterflies Gallery, Pokolbin
  6. 1990  Campbelltown Art Gallery
  7. 1991  Group Show of Five Legge GalleryWhen Love Blooms Legge Gallery
  8. 1992  Goulburn Regional Art GalleryThe Environment Show The Long Gallery, Wollongong UniversityThisness Legge Gallery
  9. 1993  Tempest Legge GalleryFire up Gulgong Mudgee Art GalleryClay at Cache Potters Society Group Show, Mosman
  10. 1994  Fourth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, MelbourneThree small precious bowls Ceramic Study Group, Sydney Works in Clay Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, Moss Vale Artists Don’t Believe In Sanity Clause Legge Gallery
  11. 1995  Juggling the Elements Manly Art Gallery, Sydney Christmas Exhibition Legge Gallery
  12. 1996  The Poetic Table: a ceramic celebration Jan Taylor Gallery, North Sydney The Vessel ANU Art School Gallery, Canberra
    Woodfire Survey Show 8th National Ceramics Conference
    Post Pak Llewellyn Theatre, Australian National University, Canberra Sentinel Manly Art GalleryFifth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Ceramics Purchase Prize Fishers Ghost Festival, Campbelltown City Gallery Mellow Down Easy Legge Gallery
  13. 1997  Sanguine Valediction Legge Gallery
    Teawares Distelfink, Melbourne
    Local Matter Campbelltown City Gallery
    New Work: Vivienne Ferguson, Julie Harris, Steve Harrison, Kathryn Orton Legge Gallery Homebrand Casula Power HouseClouds Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, Moss Vale
  14. 1998  The Woodfired Aesthetic Distelfink, MelbourneSixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Group Show Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
    Silver Ivan Dougherty Gallery
    Christmas Show Legge Gallery
  15. 1999  Pre-Dinner Drinks Mura Clay Gallery Evolution Legge GalleryThe Spirit of the Highlands Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, Moss Vale A dozen small bowls Legge Gallery
    Rice Bowls Jam Factory, Adelaide
    10th Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery
  16. 2000  Ceramics – The Australian Context Campbelltown City Art Gallery Cerebration Manly Art Gallery
    Locality – An Environmental Installation
    Ten Years Legge Gallery10th Birthday Exhibition Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney
    Seventh Australian Contemporary Art Fair Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne 11th Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery
  1. 2001  The Great Aussie Cuppa Mura Clay Gallery
    The sum of disparate parts Hazelhurst Community Gallery Group Show Legge Gallery
  2. 2002  Melbourne Art Fair 2002 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Group Show Legge Gallery.  Group Show Southern Highlands Regional Gallery.  Summer Show Legge Gallery
  3. 2003  Future Function Manly Art Gallery and MuseumReflections of the Southern Highlands Southern Highlands Regional Gallery
    Ceramics- The Australian & New Zealand Context Campbelltown Art Gallery and Southern Highlands Regional Gallery
    Summer Show Legge Gallery
  4. 2004  Melbourne Art Fair 2004 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne New Zealand National Potters Conference Invited Artist, New Zealand Group Show Southern Highlands Regional Gallery
  5. 2005  Summer Show Legge Gallery
    Group Show, Northern Beaches Institution of Technology Celebrating the Master, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne
  6. 2006  Melbourne Art Fair 2006 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Encrusted Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne.  Clay Statements Verge conference, Brisbane
  7. 2007  Small Sculpture Legge Gallery
    Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art, London, U.K. Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery
  8. 2008  Small Sculpture Legge Gallery
    Australian Wood-fire Ceramics: a survey exhibition Freeland Gallery, Sydney A Taste of Wood Firing Sturt Gallery, Mittagong
    From Mao to Now Newington Amory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Melbourne Art Fair 08 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
    The Gib Sturt Gallery, Mittagong
  9. 2009  Six Southern Highlands Ceramic Artists Sturt Gallery, Mittagong CrossFire Legge GalleryPlease Handle the Pots Legge Gallery
    Coal, Clay, Water, Wood Stephen Mori Gallery, Sydney
    Sustain Me Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of NSW, Paddington
  10. 2010  Modern Masters Exhibition, International Exhibition Hall, Munich Melbourne Art Fair 10 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
    Art Month Sydney Exhibition Watters Gallery, Sydney
    340 Grams Clay Energy, Gulgong, New South Wales1st European WoodFiring Conference Brollin Castle, Brollin, Germany The Art of Wood Firing Front Room Gallery, Gulgong, New South Wales The Bowl Bevere Gallery, Worchester, UK
  11. 2011  Steve Harrison and Brian Hartigan Watters Gallery, Sydney
    100 Moons of Solitude Watters Gallery, Sydney
    International Woodfired Tableware Artifakt Gallery, Deloraine, Tasmania Fifty Australian Stories The Artists Garret Gallery, Deloraine, Tasmania The Tea Bowl Freeland Gallery, SydneyThe Wood Fire Show Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney
    Australian Woodfiring Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne
    Frank’s Flat Maitland Regional Gallery, New South Wales
    In Clay Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, Sydney
    Object and Image Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
  12. 2012  Melbourne Art Fair 12 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
    WoodFire 2012, Masters of the Art of Woodfire Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney
    Teachers Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney
    Less is More – More or Less from the MG Dingle & GB Hughes Collection, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, New South Wales
  13. 2013  Watters Gallery 27th Summer Exhibition, Watters Gallery, Sydney Chawan Expo, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  The Wood Fire Show, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney. Watters Gallery 27th Summer Exhibition, Watters Gallery, Sydney.
  14. 2014 Australian Wood Firing, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne.  The Wood Fire Show, Kerry Lowe Galleries, Sydney.  Teachers, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney.  Chawan Expo, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre, Singapore.  Melbourne Art Fair 14, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.  Kaohsiung Ikebana Exhibition, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Zhunan Cultural Centre, Miaoli, Taiwan.
  15. 2015 Table talk 2, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney. Australian Woodfire. Curator’s Choice, Canberra, ACT.  Belonging, ANU Gallery, Canberra
  16. Quietude, Australian Woodfired Ceramics, Skepsi at Montsalvat. Melbourne Art Fair 16.  WAR, curated by Geoffrey Legge, Watters Gallery, Sydney. The Wood Fire Show, Kerry Lowe Galleries, Sydney.  The Summer Exhibition, Kerry Lowe Galleries, Sydney.

 

Collections

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Manly Art Gallery
Southern Highlands Regional Gallery

Campbelltown City Gallery

Wollongong University

Gold Coast Regional Art Gallery

Latrobe Valley Regional Art Gallery

Bendigo Regional Art Gallery

Japanese Consul General, Melbourne

 

Teaching

1974-75, Part-time teacher , National Art School, ceramics department
1988-96, Part-time teacher, East Sydney Technical College, ceramics department Tutor, 1975, Ceramic Study Group, summer school
Guest lecturer, Canberra Potters Society
1976-87, Part time teacher, Alexander Mackie Art School, ceramics department Tutor, 1977, University of New South Wales, summer school
Guest lecturer, Potters Society technical lectures
1978, Guest lecturer, The National Arts School, Port Moresby, New Guinea Guest lecturer, The Ceramic Study Group, Port Moresby, New Guinea Tutor, ‘Glenheather’ Summer Schools
1979, Part-time teacher, St. George Technical College, ceramics department

1980-87, Part-time teacher, Sydney College of the Arts, ceramics department Visiting lecturer,

1981, Gippsland C.A.E., ceramics department
1982, Guest lecturer, University of Tasmania, ceramics department
Visiting lecturer, Bernie Technical College, Tasmania, (twice)
Guest lecturer, Launceston C.A.E.
Guest lecturer, Tasmanian Potters Society, Hobart
1983, Kiln building workshop, Kelvin Grove C.A.E., Brisbane, Guest lecturer, Wollongong Ceramic Society

1983-87, Masters Degree Supervisor, Sydney College of the Arts, ceramics department

1983 to 2016, Occasional Guest lecturer, Ceramic Study Group
1986, Speaker/presenter, 1st National Wood-fire Conference, Gippsland C.A.E.

1983-1990, Part-time teacher, Dapto Technical College, ceramics department
1988, Guest lecturer, Narromine Potters Group, Narromine
1989, Visiting lecturer, Ballarat School of Mines, ceramics department
1996-2014, Part-time teacher, Ceramics Design Centre, Gymea Campus, Sydney Institute of Technology.

International Publications

Harrison, Steve:            From the Ground up, Ceramic Review (UK), Issue 222, 2006, pp 54-55,

Harrison, Steve:            New Work from an Old Landscape, Ceramics Technical, (USA) 2007, No 24,

Harrison, Steve:            Global Warning, Ceramic Review (UK), Issue 227, 2007, pp 38-39,

Harrison, Steve:            The Art of Imperfection, Klei Keramisch (Holland), 2008, pp 10-11,

Harrison, Steve:            Damaged Goods, Ceramics Technical, (USA) 2008, No 26,

Harrison, Steve:            Heart of Darkness – The Black Bowl Blues, The Log Book, (Ireland) 2009, No 38,

Harrison, Steve:            Some Thoughts on Sustainability, Neu Keramik,(Germany) 2009

Harrison, Steve:            Life as Amalgam, Ceramics Technical, (USA) 2009, No 29

Harrison, Steve:            Contributor to Contemporary Ceramics: An International Perspective, Emmanuel Cooper, 2009

Harrison, Steve:            Reasons to be Cheerful, The Log Book, (Ireland) 2010, No 42

Harrison, Steve:            Tenmoku on the Edge of Town, Ceramics Technical, (USA) 2010, No 31

Harrison, Steve:            Why I Don’t Make Shino, The Log Book, (Ireland) 2011, No 45

Harrison, Steve:            Contributor to, The Art of Wood Fire, Owen Rye, 2011

Harrison, Steve:            It’s not about the Bowl, Ceramics Technical, (USA) 2011, No 33

Harrison, Steve:            One Hundred Moons of Solitude, Ceramic Review (UK), Issue 256, 2012, p 82

Harrison, Steve:            Contributor to, Environmental Ceramics, by Robert Harrison (UK) 2013

 

Books

1976                Thoroughly Modern Milling

1979                Laid Back Woodfiring

1984                Handbook for Australian Potters

1996                Australian Woodfiring

2003                Rock Glazes

2004                Fibre Reinforced Clay Bodies