Robert Harrison

Ode to Archie Bray

Ode to Archie Bray was designed and constructed specifically for the 2016 Live Summer Auction to benefit the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena. It is composed of a combination of collected vintage porcelain pieces (many of which were re-fired a number of times, with additional china paint, decals and gold luster) along with a mid-20th C. clay pipe shard produced at the historic Western Clay Manufacturing Company. The piece sits on a painted wooded base.

The central image is a technical drawing (made into a ceramic decal and fired onto the surface of the plate) of one of the old beehive kilns at the Bray that has been restored by students and faculty from the University of Pennsylvania’s Architecture Program.

  • 2016