Fire and salt are the essential elements in the creation of Harvey’s unique glazes. His kiln is completely filled with fire as the temperature approaches 2,300 degrees. Common salt is thrown into the kiln and is vaporized by the intense heat. The vapors are carried throughout the kiln by the swirling flames and react with the surface of the pots to produce a very durable, textured glaze.
Many of the pieces are thrown on a potter’s wheel and then altered to make unique shapes with complex details. Items range from small bowls and multisided jars to large pitchers, vases and a variety of lamps. The largest works are more than 24 inches tall. Some large platters can hang on a wall for decorative purposes when not functioning as serving pieces. Everything is dishwasher- and oven-safe.
Harvey is enjoying his second pottery career after spending several years as a goldsmith and in related jewelry pursuits. “I am freely exploring and experimenting this time around so that the range of work is constantly evolving. New ideas and shapes are included in each kiln firing,” he explained.
He thought he was finished with pottery after owning a gallery on Cape Cod and selling throughout New England for several years. More recently, his interests were rekindled after a few opportunities to use a potter’s wheel showed that his skills had not diminished.
He built a studio and kiln and is happily working with clay once again. The wealth of shared ideas and technical information on the Internet offer inspiration and challenges that keep his work fresh and interesting.
A relative newcomer to In-Town Gallery, Harvey joined the artists’ cooperative in June 2011. He serves as chairman of the marketing committee.
In-Town Gallery, founded in 1974, is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the nation.
Located at 26A Frazier Ave. in Chattanooga, the gallery is between the Market Street and Walnut Street bridges adjecent to Coolidge Park. For more information, call 267-9214, or visit www.intowngallery.com or www.facebook. com/intowngallery.