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July 2013 Potter of the Month - Steve Harrison

1. What general skills & techniques do you use ?

I realise most of my ideas adopting many traditional techniques such as throwing, turning and press moulding, adapting and changing these techniques when it is necessary.  Because I make all my own tools and moulds it is easy to apply this invention as there is no preciousness with the tools or moulds.

 

2. Where have you studied and learnt your skills ?

I trained for seven years concluding at the RCA.               

 

3. How long have you been a potter ?

I have been a professional potter for 20 years.

 

4. Who has inspired you along your path ?

Mick Casson was the significant driving force in my quest for salt glazing and he continued to help and support me until his death in 2003.

 

5. Please explain your work process.

 Throwing, turning and press moulding define how my work is made, however, this is not prescriptive it is a nuance that exists which directs this preference.  Within this tight structure there is an enormous freedom to explore possibilities and every time I make a piece of work I ask the question, "What can I do with this?"  The emphasis is always on the creativity in the moment.

 

6. What has been your proudest piece that you have produced and why ?

My exhibition, "20 Tea Pots" is my most significant expression of who I am as a potter.  It questions the last 20 years of my working life and brings into focus my habits.  It is great time to reassess and look forward to the next 20 years.

 

7. What are your  future ambitions ?

Rather than have a clearly defined future ambition I hope to constantly ask questions during all parts of the creative process.

 

 

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