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.
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."