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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Harrison McIntosh

Harrison McIntosh (1914- ) is an American ceramist. He was born in Vallejo, California, and raised in Stockton. He studied ceramics under Glen Lukens at the University of Southern California and under Richard Petterson at the Claremont Graduate University near Los Angeles from 1949-1953.

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


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Interview with Harrison McIntosh
lacma.org

8 comments:

  1. What amazing forms! I know how difficult they are to create on the wheel. Beautiful Dana, doing a spot of shopping?

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    1. I wish! If I could afford his work, I'd want one of each.

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  2. Stunning! Thanks for sharing the profile on another amazing artist!
    Cheers ~ Lara

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    1. He is such an extraordinary man. I hope you had time to watch the video.

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  3. Hooray! I love ceramics. This gives me a little something something to keep my eyes open for. Love the shapes. And -- I always have time for a video.

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    1. I always enjoy seeing videos of these wonderful artists and designers. It's gratifying to me to see how sharp their minds are, even as many of them near 100 years of age.

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  4. Beautiful banner at your site as well, I am reminded of some wall paintings by the Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, such as this one http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWNY4. You browse more murals of his at wahooart.com.

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  5. What beautiful pieces.
    Appreciate you sharing Mr. McIntosh's works here.

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