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November 18, 2006

Podcast: Australian Woodfire with Steve Harrison

The second podcast is finally complete and well worth a listen. Settle in for a fascinating discussion after which you may wish to give yourself some quality time with google as well as the links below. Download episode two directly, or through iTunes (mp3, 55mb, 60:00 min).

portrait of steve harrison, australian woodfire potter Image courtesy of Arthur Rosser.

Steve Harrison is a potter from Australia with decades of woodfire experience under his belt, plus an obvious love and ability for the geological sciences as applied to ceramics. To understand the breadth of his experience, take a peek at his CV, or consider that he is currently firing work in a kiln he built himself out of bricks that he made from local materials; the pottery fired in the kiln is made of clay he collects locally, glazed with materials he collects locally, and fired with wood grown locally.

bowl made from steve harrison's black magic clay body photo gallery of Steve Harrison’s work, bricks, and kilns. Photo courtesy Michael Bradfield.

His work is shown (and available for sale) at the Legge Gallery in Sydney Australia. During the course of the podcast, Steve discusses his current showDirty Little Secrets” and how he developed the clay body used to create these examples of black-bodied ware (as well the white porcelain work represented in a prior show “From the Ground Up“). His recent work is influenced by the way “perfection” has been devalued by modern manufacturing techniques. You can read more in an article he wrote entitled: Perfect Is the New Junk (pdf, © Steve Harrison, used here with permission).

Steve’s kiln building/rock glaze books are available directly from him. Additional photos of his studio, kilns, and work can be seen on his Sidestoke page. Lastly after talking with Steve, I had much to google. Here are some of the more interesting things I picked up:

I think you will find that Steve’s interview, aside from being interesting and entertaining (Steve has a great sense of humor), will foment a storm of ideas. Enjoy.

1 Comment »

  1. I found the interview with Steve Harrison intensely interesting. I’ve listened to the whole interview multiple times. Prospecting for local clay and glaze materials — experiments in kiln design — all neat stuff. I hope for a follow-up interview with Mr. Harrison.

    These audio interviews reveal more of the personality behind the potter, which is a bonus.

    The Anagama-West website is great. Thank you.

    Comment by Jeff Martinson — May 16, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

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