McIntosh has been a professional studio potter since the mid-1950s. Early in his career, he and his wife Marguerite supplemented their income by designing dinnerware and crystal for the Japanese company Mikasa. He has also had some brief teaching positions.
McIntosh is known for his understated bowls, jars and vases. In the 1970s he moved from making vessels to making more sculptural, enclosed spheres, often displayed on blocks of wood or on stainless steel.
McIntosh, who celebrated his 98th birthday in September, was a longtime friend of Sam Maloof and studio mate of Rupert Deese, so he has spent his life among artists. He and his wife passed their house along to their daughter and now live in a retirement community. Harrison's vision has been extremely limited for several years, and his artistic career came to a close in 2002, when he decided that his eyesight was preventing him from working up to his standards.
McIntosh’s work has been exhibited in museums throughout North America, including the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work is also represented in museum collections in Europe and Japan and such American museum collections as the American Craft Museum, New York; and the Oakland Museum, California.
From si.edu, latimes.com and boiseartmuseum.org
Interview with Harrison McIntosh