Elizabeth Harris’s upbringing on a cattle ranch, north of Fort St John BC results in the exploration of environmentalism and existentialism. Harris’ work includes paintings, ceramics as functional and sculptural and multi media installations . Harris’ education includes the University of Emily Carr Art and Design, and has worked as an independent arts instructor, mentor, and facilitator of studios and societies. She has exhibited extensively at public and private galleries as an invitational and represented artist.
The Process of Raku
The Aurora Bearalis is a series of ceramic bears that are finished in the process of Raku.
Raku is derived from an ancient Japanese method of ceramic firing, the effects can range from stunning metallic to subtle earth colours. The unique patterns and finish comes from the oxidization of the burning materials and interplay of flames, smoke and rapid cooling.
Anagama describes single-chamber kilns built in a sloping tunnel shape. Ancient kilns were sometimes built by digging tunnels into banks of clay.
The Anagama is fueled with a continuous supply of firewood .Stoking occurs round the clock for several days until temperatures are reached and sustained, and the effects desired obtained. The complex interaction between flame, ash, and the minerals of the clay body forms a natural ash glaze that show great variation in color, texture, and thickness, ranging from smooth and glossy to rough and sharp.
Moss is a cone 06 electric oxidation glaze with a wide variety of effects and diversity.
Salt Fire High fire gas firing process, salt is blasted into the kiln at the end of the cycle to produce a variation of colour and textures.