Jessica Harrison (b 1982, St Bees) lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jessica graduated from Edinburgh University with a practice-based PhD in Sculpture in 2013, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 2015 she was artist in residence at the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in the Netherlands, returning in 2017 to undertake a second residency.
In 2019, as part of the 50 year celebrations of EKWC, Jessica was one of a group of artists invited to undertake a 3-month residency in Jingdezhen, China, making a new body of work in porcelain that will tour China for the next 2 years.
In 2017 Harrison was commissioned by the Jerwood Charitable foundation to create an installation for the exhibition Jerwood Makers Open, which toured the UK in 2107 and 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Found Figurines, Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland (2019) and Broken, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2014). Recent group exhibitions include the Banksy curated exhibition Dismaland, in Weston-Super-Mare (2015); CERAMIX, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2015); Material Earth, Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury (2018); Figuriens Fortællinger, Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart (2017); Urnen, European Ceramic Workcentre, Oisterwijk (2017); Sexy Ceramics, Keramiekmuseum Princesshof, Leeuwarden (2016); and Body & Soul; contemporary international ceramics, Museum of Art and Design, New York (2013).
Jessica’s work is held in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the Princesshof Ceramic Museum (Leeuwarden), the University of Edinburgh Art Collection (Edinburgh), Pallant House Gallery (Chicester), the Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh) and the New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall).