Jessica Harrison RSA was born in 1982 in St Bees. She studied Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and completed her PhD in Sculpture there in 2013. She lives and works in Edinburgh. In 2015 she was artist in residence at the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC), the Netherlands, returning in 2017 to undertake a second residency. In 2019 she was invited by EKWC to make a new body of work in Jingdezhen, China for an exhibition of work that toured China throughout 2019/2020/2021, celebrating 50 years of the Workcentre.


Exhibitions include Found Figurines, Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland; Broken, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh; AWARD, British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke-on-Trent; Taste of Ceramics, Taoxichuan Ceramic art Gallery, Jingdezhen, China; Jerwood Makers Open, Jerwood Space, London ; Between Poles and Tides, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; CERAMIX, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Dismaland, The Tropicana, Weston-Super-Mare; Sexy Ceramics, Keramiekmuseum Princesshof, Leeuwarden; Body and Soul; contemporary international ceramics, Museum of Art and Design, New York. Harrison’s work is represented in numerous international collections, including the Ariana Museum, Switzerland; the Princesshof Ceramic Museum, the Netherlands; the University of Edinburgh Art Collection; Pallant House Gallery; the Royal Scottish Academy; and the New Art Gallery Walsall; and many private collections worldwide. Her work can be seen in Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art, recently published by Phaidon.