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Posted 2 years ago

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vetraio50
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PETER HARRIS 1980s vase with hand-painted gum leaf decoration using copper and iron oxides and then raku fired. A Kirribilli find in the good ol' days (the early nineties) when that market still provided some treasures: these days it has been taken over by the 'vintage clothing' brigade/hordes. All these people looking in vain for a Hermès Birkin bag!

The market used to be under the northern pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and you had a view looking over to the Opera House if the goodies weren't there. A woman sold me this pot cheaply and said "I won't tell you how much I paid for this new" at a gallery in South Australia. It was only about five years later.

I had picked up a few Raku pieces in those days. I was particularly fond of the shapes of raku pots and liked the glaze effects. This was an interesting example of a landscape painted on a raku pot. The form and the green glaze reminded me of another potter Jeff Mincham. But the landscape suggested a bushfire to me and the gum leaves that surrounded the vase seemed to be burnt into the form - perhaps by the bushfire itself. It was a way of looking at the raku process: primitive, basic, primitive pit firing, wood chips ..... an extension of the natural effects of fire on clay. I loved it!

Later I found out that Peter Harris had been taught by Jeff Mincham:

"Peter Harris is a self-taught South Australian potter with a background in painting. He became interested in making pottery in 1975, first making terracotta garden pots then decorative stoneware and porcelain. His wife Carolanne Wasley was teaching the craft certificate course in ceramics at Clare TAFE and had set up the Halsbury Pottery, where they exhibited together. He was inspired by a Jeff Mincham workshop in 1982 to specialise in raku. In 1985, he set up a studio with potter Sam Keane in Hahndorf. In 1991 he moved to Noosa, in Queensland. In 1994-95 he spent six months travelling through West Africa. He currently maintains a studio in Cooran, QLD, producing sculpture and decorative pottery, teaching visual arts at Gympie TAFE, and painting again. His works are incised 'PHarris' with the P and H entwined."

http://www.australianpotteryatbemboka.com.au/shop/product_info.php?products_id=583&

H: 19 cm or 7.5"
W: 19 cm or 7.5"

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks inky!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks, Sean!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Amanda!
  5. cogito cogito, 2 years ago
    Very cool piece!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Amy, cogito, musikchoo, czechman, Sean, inky, kerry10456 and Amanda too!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks miKKo!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mikielikesigns2!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Marc112!
  10. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    gorgeous!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks yet again Budek!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks lotsastuff!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks dickweedrules!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks austro and bratjdd too!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Manikin!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks SEAN!
  17. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    your very wlcome Kevin:)
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks nldionne and MSL too!
  19. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 months ago
    Happy Chistmas to you too Vetraio.
    I missed this lovely pot before now.
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks Fran and to you too Guillaume!
    Joyeux Noël!

    Joyeux Fêtes!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks to you, CATTEANNE!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks Manikin!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks HO2CULTCHA!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT !
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
    Many thanks VINTAGEFRAN!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
    Many thanks TUBESVALVES!
  27. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 months ago
    Mycket fin! Väldigt vackert! Beautiful indeed!!!
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
    Tack så mycket, ELISABETHAN!

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