Hand thrown Ming porcelain
with bottle neck from the Thames Estuary
7.5w x 10h cm
Raewyn Harrison is a London-based ceramic artist who grew up in New Zealand. She creates porcelain collections with a strong narrative inspired by the journeys she makes beyond the studio. Each piece is unique as she works through her making processes using porcelain as a blank canvas, building up layers of glaze and fragments of images to reveal a time and place.
The river Thames is a constant source of inspiration that 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.
For this exhibition Raewyn has focused on the Thames Estuary creating new glazes reminiscent of the tidal landscapes which allow objects to be found at low tide. Each bottle has a find from the river often with a fragment of the 16th Century Agas map hiding inside. With special permission from the Port of London Authority, she has also used this map on a limited series of pipes found on the Thames foreshore.