Aaron A Harrison
I began my exploration of clay 1998 as a sophomore at Houghton College. My intention of obtaining a degree in graphic design was soon challenged by the tactile wonder that clay offered. I finished with a double concentration in design and ceramics but over the following years drifted farther from the computer and closer to a vocation as a studio artist. I carried this passion to my MFA at Marywood University where I was challenged to push my ideas and skills beyond the standard application of jar and lid. After Marywood I found work as a production slip caster in Greene, NY. Many of the pieces that were produced focused on birds, i.e. feeders and bird houses, and I carried this idea of the bird form in my head for a few years. Also, during these years my large work waned and a more potterly production mindset was established that forced me to refine my skills on the wheel and to explore my own mold making and casting techniques. In 2009 I left the production studio to begin my own studio. The following spring of 2010 was marked by an influx of bird species and increased frequency of their feedings around my home and studio. I would sit mesmerized watching as four different species would be sitting on the feeder at one time with more perched in the trees above awaiting their turn. I began experimenting with casting my own bird figures and in the fall of 2011 a couple of knitter friends introduced me to the idea of the yarn bowl. Birds are a captivating subject from all parts of the world and offer an almost endless array of colors and designs. As my knowledge of fiber arts has grown it has been exciting to adapt my design to meet the needs of knitters, spinners and those who crochet. I hope that the aaharrison ceramics Little Bird Yarn Bowl will continue to inspire people to create by combining the aesthetic aviary forms of nature with the practical designs of man.