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Jan Harris

I got my start in clay at a very early age. By age 4, I was painting ceramics, and by age 7 was working on the wheel. At 12, I was teaching pottery and won my first national award in my teens. I earned my undergraduate degree in Craft Design at East Carolina University (ECU), and earned a Masters' Degree in Pottery and Painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). For many years, I taught art in public and private schools, and also taught adult continuing education classes, mostly in drawing and painting.

After spending years working in arts administration, including organizing and jurying arts-and-crafts shows throughout the state, I "retired" to my studio. I had seen so much wheel-thrown pottery in juried slides that I decided I wanted to develop a different look. This realization led to my exploration of hand-built pottery. I added to the challenge by deciding to work in porcelain!

Additionally, I joined the Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, several years ago. This organization focuses on recapturing the ambience and culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, which requires research into all aspects of life during those time periods. I had always had an interest in the history of pottery, and as a result have done much research into the Italian Majolica and Chinese porcelain styles, as well as Chinese painting techniques.You will see this influence in my work. I also became interested in and started painting illuminations based on the Italian and French styles.

 

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