Current and forthcoming Exhibitions, publications and events ...  

 

Artist in residence

February 2019 - May 2019

Jingdezhen International Studio

Jingdezhen, China

As part of a collaborative project with Sundaymorning@EKWC, Jessica is pleased to be one of the artists in residence at the Jingdezhen International Studios in Jingdezhen, China between February and May 2019. During this time she will be creating a new body of work in porcelain. Please follow Jessica's instagram for updates! 

@jessicaharrison.co.uk


 


Coalport Limited Edition Femme Fatals Figure, Lillie Langtry, 2017, Found ceramic, glaze. 12 x 12 x 20.5cm 

 

Found Figurines 


22nd February - 6th April 2019

Kunstforum Solothurn

Schaalgasse 9, CH-4500 Solothurn, Switzerland

An exhibition featuring new works from Jessica's Found Figurine series and other hand made Bone China Figures.

The Found Figurines are a series Jessica began making in 2015 at the European Ceramic Workcentre, re-workings of mass produced decorative figurines that have been sourced by the artist from eBay. Jessica radically reshapes these objects through a process of re-glazing and re-firing, sometimes using up to 10 layers of glaze and 4 firings on a single piece. Each piece is titled after the original eBay auction listing, alluding to the previous history of the object.

Hand made in bone china clay, the Bone China Figures are a series of works based on the same mass-produced found figurines used by Jessica throughout her work. From a distance the hand made figures recall the silhouette of the popular mantel piece ornament, but in close proximity become increasingly misshapen and distorted as the quick and crude way in which they were formed is revealed. This series draws the original mass-produced idealised representations of women on which they are based into a more plausible, physical space, rethinking their place as decorative pieces in the home and their relationship to the body.


 


Painted Lady 14, 2015, Found ceramic, enamel paint, 15 x 15 x 21.5cm 

The Precious Clay

Porcelain in Contemporary Art  

 

20th September 2018 - 20th March 2019

Museum of Royal Worcester

Severn Street, Worcester, WR1 2N

Meadow Arts and the Museum of Royal Worcester present an exhibition exploring contemporary art and porcelain, The Precious Clay. The exhibition will examine why and how artists choose to use this legendary material in their practice. With its origins in the Far East and a long global history, porcelain holds rich associations of preciousness, mutability and exoticism: the artists' work responds to these associations in lively and inventive ways.

With new commissions by Laura White and Emily Speed shown alongside work by artists including Annie Attridge, Barnaby Barford, Bouke de Vries, Céline Berger, Christine Borland, Clare Twomey, Edmund de Waal, Edward Chell, Fernando Casasempere, Jessica Harrison, Leonora Lockhart, Livia Marin, Matteo Nasini, Mona Hatoum, Neil Brownsword, Rachel Kneebone and Rosa Nguyen, plus a special interactive project by Storymine, the exhibition is an opportunity to see the museum's newly displayed world-class collection through the eyes and imaginations of contemporary artists.



Aviary

 

19th January - 17th February 2019

Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

An exhibition of Royal Scottish Academicians reflecting on the significance of the bird as a motif in contemporary Scottish art.

Exhibiting artists: Ade Adesina, Michael Agnew, Elizabeth Blackadder, John Busby, Joyce W. Cairns, James Castle, George Donald, James Fairgrieve, Alexander Fraser, Derrick Guild, Jessica Harrison, Henry Kondracki, Jack Knox, Elspeth Lamb, Eileen Lawrence, William Littlejohn, Stuart Mackenzie, Will Maclean, Gordon Mitchell, Frances Pelly, Marion Smith, Edward Summerton.


 

 

 

 

Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art

Published by Phaidon 

Edited by Clare Lilley

You will find a summary of Jessica's recent ceramic work in the new Phaidon publication, Vitamin C, with an accompanying text written by curator Sarah Williams. Part of Phaidon's ongoing Vitamin series, Vitamin C is a global survey of 100 of today's most important clay and ceramic artists, chosen by leading art world professionals.