Mentioned by R Langley as one of the Birmingham artists who painted in Cornwall. The painting mentioned is Pardennick Head, Lands End (1880).
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Jacqui Harris lives near Bude in north Cornwall. During the 1990s she completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at the University of Plymouth, specialising in Printmaking and Textiles. Since then she has taught in schools, and has provided workshops in monoprinting and collagraphs to both adults and groups of children.
Four oil paintings by this artist are in the permanent collection of Cornwall Council.
In 1907, the year following Edwin HARRIS's death (1855-1906), a Mrs Edwin Harris (presumably Sally Cornwell Harris) displayed A Picture by Louise Harris at NAG, which was sold.
Two of Penny Harris' forebears were well-known artists. Her great-grandfather, Washington Francis Friend, was a Canadian watercolourist. Her mother, Olive Frances Friend, was a painter in the pre-Raphaelite style. Penny Harris was initially taught by her mother, going on to study at Exeter College of Art. She painted along traditional lines until she discovered the art of painting on glass and developed a career as a painter of wildlife in this medium. She signed her work 'Matrix'.
During the 1980s she acquired an unusual gallery for her paintings, in the 11th century South Gateway leading into the town of Launceston in east Cornwall.
Listed as exhibiting handprinted silks and stuffs in the Craft section at the Christmas Show at Newlyn in 1925. Another (or the same) exhibitor, noted as C H HARRISON, also showed work in the Craft section at the Christmas Show of 1926. These may be a married couple of craftworkers or separate exhibitors.
Information provided in 2013 by Tony Copsey suggests that this artist may be Miss Coela Pryce Harrison, who studied in St Ives under Leonard Fuller.
Having originally qualified as an architect, Harrison came relatively late to pottery.
He spent a year at the LEACH POTTERY (1979-80) gaining a thorough grounding in every aspect of clay-work, from preparing the clay, throwing, glazing and firing to working in the showroom. Janet LEACH was a valued critic, and he was able to sell his own work through the showroom.
In 1981 he converted stables to create Trelowarren Pottery, where he created and sold his own range of domestic tableware, using Celadon and Tenmoku glazes.
In his Helston studio shop he continues to show his work alongside the woven tapestries and rugs created by his wife Jackie HARRISON, and the ironwork and jewellery of their daughter Lisa HARRISON (Smythick Forge, nr Helston).