Born U.K. Arrived in Australia 1956


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, Wollongong University.

1998-2008 PhD, University of Western Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2020  Twice Fired – Post Reduced, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney.

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

1972  Graduate Show Cell Block, East Sydney Technical College

1973  Patana Gallery, Manly Vale, Sydney

1978  Potters Society Gallery, SydneyFishers Ghost Festival, Campbelltown City Gallery, Macquarie Gallery, Sydney

1979  First National Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ ExhibitionPort Hacking Potters Group, Sydney

1980  Dozen Different Ways Powerhouse Museum, Sydney and Crafts Board, Australia Council travelling show

1981  Blaxland Gallery, SydneyNational Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ Exhibition

1982  Exhibition with Peter Rushforth and Janine King, Le-Var, Shipley

1983  Ceramic Staff Show Cell Block Theatre, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney National Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ Exhibition

1985  Ceramic Staff Show Cell Block Theatre, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney National Ceramics Conference, Speakers’ Exhibition

1986  Port Hacking Potters Group
National Ceramic Award Exhibition Canberra
Clay Statements Toowoomba
National Woodfire Conference, Speakers exhibition La Trobe Valley Arts Centre

1987  Australian touring show, Canada and U.S.A.
National Ceramic Award Exhibition Centre Gallery, Surfers Paradise

1988  National Ceramic Award Exhibition Canberra

1989  Jan Jones Contemporary Art, Moss Vale  Q.P.A. Woodfire Show, Brisbane
Woodfire ’89 Three Ways Gallery, Gulgong; Orange; Potters Society. Butterflies Gallery, Pokolbin

1990  Campbelltown Art Gallery

1991  Group Show of Five Legge GalleryWhen Love Blooms Legge Gallery

1992  Goulburn Regional Art GalleryThe Environment Show The Long Gallery, Wollongong UniversityThisness Legge Gallery

1993  Tempest Legge GalleryFire up Gulgong Mudgee Art GalleryClay at Cache Potters Society Group Show, Mosman

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

1995  Juggling the Elements Manly Art Gallery, Sydney Christmas Exhibition Legge Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

2001  The Great Aussie Cuppa Mura Clay Gallery
The sum of disparate parts Hazelhurst Community Gallery Group Show Legge Gallery

2002  Melbourne Art Fair 2002 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Group Show Legge Gallery.  Group Show Southern Highlands Regional Gallery.  Summer Show Legge Gallery

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

2004  Melbourne Art Fair 2004 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne New Zealand National Potters Conference Invited Artist, New Zealand Group Show Southern Highlands Regional Gallery

2005  Summer Show Legge Gallery
Group Show, Northern Beaches Institution of Technology Celebrating the Master, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne

2006  Melbourne Art Fair 2006 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Encrusted Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne.  Clay Statements Verge conference, Brisbane

2007  Small Sculpture Legge Gallery
Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art, London, U.K. Summer Exhibition Legge Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

2015 Table talk 2, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney. Australian Woodfire. Curator’s Choice, Canberra, ACT.  Belonging, ANU Gallery, Canberra

2016 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 Gallery, Sydney.  The Summer Exhibition, Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney.

2017 An Idiosyncratic Selection – curated by Geoffrey Legge, Watters Gallery, Sydney.

2018 International Celadon Exhibition, Huamao Art Museum, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.         Fire and Ash – Kerry Lowe Galleries, Sydney.         Wood fired Ceramics, Zhunan Snake Kiln, Miaoli, Taiwan.          The Wood Fire Show, Clay College, Stoke on Trent. UK.           Ceramics Now!, Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney.            Peter Rushforth: A Legacy, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

2019 Fire and Ash – Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney. Xmas exhibition – Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney

2020 Fire and Ash – Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney.  Xmas exhibition – Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney

2021  Clay Dynasty – PowerHouse , Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.  Wood fire show – Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney.  Xmas exhibition – Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney

2022 Fire and Ash – Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney.    Burning Curiosity – Sturt Gallery, Mittagong. Xmas Exhibition 2022 – Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney.


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

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

Yanggu Porcelain Museum, Yanggu, Korea.

Hae Ju Ceramic Museum, Icheon, Korea


1974-96, Part-time teacher, East Sydney Technical College, ceramics department Tutor, 1975, Ceramic Study Group, summer school tutor,
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 2019, 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
1996-2016, Part-time teacher, Ceramics Design Centre, Gymea Campus, Sydney Institute of Technology.

2015-17, PhD Supervisor, ANU Canberra, ceramics department

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

Harrison, Steve:            A portable wood fired kiln, The Log Book, (Ireland) 2019, No 78



1976                Thoroughly Modern Milling

1979                Laid Back Woodfiring

1984                Handbook for Australian Potters

1996                Australian Woodfiring

2003                Rock Glazes

2004                Fibre Reinforced Clay Bodies

2015                Laid Back Woodfiring, translated into French and published in France.

2017                5 Stones – A Ceramic Journey

2018                5 Stones, translated into Korean and published in a Korean edition

2020                Laid Back Woodfiring, translated into Korean and published in Korea

2022                Rock Glazes – Geology and Mineral Processing for Potters, translated into Korean and published in Korea.