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Robert W. Harrison
Contemporary Ceramist
American
Canadian born, Robert Harrison explains that his interest in large-scale work is a response to the wide open spaces of his current home in Helena, Montana. Specializing in large-scale brick, adobe and ceramic sculpture, he is particularly excited about the process of problem solving for site-specific work - how to design an exterior piece that relates to its surroundings and allows for viewer interaction.

Harrison cites diverse influences, such as the earth art of Robert Smithson, geometric ceramics of John Mason and ancient architectural ornamentation.  Although he does not like to call his style postmodern, many of his projects do relate to the term conceptually and stylistically.  One characteristic of the postmodern era is a dissolution of traditional categories, something that Harrison feels comfortable in doing; his public works always cross the boundary between sculpture and architecture.

Robert Harrison studied at the University of Manitoba (B.F.A. 1975) and the University of Denver (M.F.A. 1981). He has taught ceramics at The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada (1985-1989), and the Archie Bray Foundation (Summer Program Co-ordinator, 1988, and instructor 1985) in Montana. Harrison also performed residencies at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Kohler, Wisconsin, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and the Archie Bray Foundation.


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