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PUBLISHED: 3:27 PM on Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Art imitates sea life

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  Gordon Harrison is the featured artist of the month for Juneau Artists Gallery. He is a ceramics artist who celebrates the rich marine environment of Southeast Alaska with his fish, dishes and tiles.
Gordon Harrison, featured artist of the month for Juneau Artists Gallery, is a ceramics artist who celebrates the rich marine environment of Southeast Alaska with his fish, dishes and tiles.

Visitors to Juneau's local artist cooperative in the downtown Senate Mall Building during the First Friday event on Jan. 6, can view Harrison's almost lifelike fish as well as decorative tiles and hand built platters.

"I've developed a technique for transferring a raised image to my platters and tiles that no one else is using," Harrison said. "It imparts an image that is sharper than can be obtained from a plaster mold."

His clay fish begin in a mold made from a real fish.

"It takes a lot of hand work to bring them back to life," he said.

Harrison is also a student of calligraphy, and he delights in lettering on ceramic pieces. A favorite theme is from the kitchen, which has inspired dishes inscribed with the names of herbs, spices and wines.


"I've moved beyond the point of producing pieces for family and friends," Harrison said. "As a new member of the cooperative I am in the company of other artists and craftsmen, which is a source of artistic inspiration and growth. The sale of my work encourages me to develop new designs and glazes."

Harrison has lived in Juneau for 25 years and is retired from a career of social science research, consulting, and government service. In addition to work in his clay studio, and an occasional writing project, Harrison enjoys spending time at his cabin on Admiralty Island.

Harrison has an extensive woodwork, metalwork and ceramic background including juried exhibits at the Anchorage Museum of Art and History's Earth, Fire, and Fiber show in 1975, 1981, 1999 and 2001. He also showed at the First Annual Juried Exhibit by the American Association of Woodturners in San Antonio, Texas in 1997. He has also completed art courses with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and locally at the University of Alaska Southeast. His work has been included in such publications as "Fine Woodworking," "American Woodturner" and "Woodturners' Techniques and Projects, Volume III."


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