...AS SEEN BY REBECCA HARVEY
The Fitzwilliam Museum, and in particular its ceramics collection, has given me a wealth of enjoyment and inspiration over the years and continues to do so to the present day. It is always a privilege and pleasure to meander amongst such a rich and diverse collection. Visiting the particular favourites that most resonate with me has become a long-standing ritual. These objects can always be relied upon both to enthuse me and to stimulate the creative process.
Rebecca Harvey (b. 1970)
Born in Reading in 1970, Rebecca Harvey grew up in Cambridge. She then studied Art and 3D Design at Cardiff College of Art, where she specialised in Ceramics. Particularly interested in soda glaze ware, she was taught by Mike Casson, Peter Starkey and Geoffry Swindell. Having been awarded a Crafts Council Setting-Up Grant, Harvey established her own studio in Cambridge in 1996, became professional member of the Crafts Potters Association in 1998 and a selected maker of the Crafts Council in 2002. Inspired by Japanese ceramics, eighteenth-century cream ware and twentieth-century enamels, her work has featured in many exhibitions in Britain and abroad and has been honoured by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust in 2005 and the Royal College of Art in 2007. Fascinated by the quality of different materials, Harvey has also recently started to work in glass. A dedicated teacher, she is also known for her publications on glazes, cups and teapots.
Rebecca Harvey divides her time between Cambridge and St Ives, Cornwall.
R. Harvey, ‘Sensual Pleasures’, Ceramic Review, no. 193, 2002,
R. Harvey, ‘Remember take off toilet slippers’, Ceramic Review, no. 225, 2007