STEVE HARRISON
'DESK'

Choosing Keeping is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by British salt-glaze potter Steve Harrison presenting new work on the subject of stationery. As part of a continued collaboration with Choosing Keeping, the artist has created an exclusive one-off collection of writing and drawing furniture and accoutrements for the desk.

‘Desk’ speaks to stationery itself, seeking significance in the detail of writing and drawing implements. Dip pens and their Japanese Fukuro cases made by Steve’s wife Julia, from antique kimonos, ink wells and a special brew of French grey ink are but a few examples of Harrison’s atmospheric accessories for his fantasy Desk.

This exhibition draws on Harrison’s relentless drive for perfection of form in cups and teapots while adopting a more experimental approach to uncover the delicate creative environment of the desk. Both an artist and tea-worshipper, Harrison draws parallel between tea ceremony and creative practice. He considers their mutual and relatable experience - brewing tea leaves or grinding natural pigments - both ceremonies requiring set tools and live materials essential in creating a mental ritual for making.

Item No.1

Blue stoneware dip pen with 24 carat gold on silver - 15cm long

Item No.3

Green stoneware dip pen with 24 carat gold gilded on silver - 14cm long

Item No.4

Light blue stoneware dip pen with rhodium on silver - 15cm long

Item No.5

Green stoneware dip pen with 24 carat rose gold on silver - 16cm long

Item No.6

Black stoneware dip pen with 24 carat gold on silver - 14cm long

Item No.7

Smoked porcelain dip pen with rhodium on silver - 14.5cm long

Item No.8

Light blue stoneware dip pen with 24 carat rose gold gilded on silver - 15cm long

Item No.9

Light blue stoneware dip pen with 24 carat gold gilded on silver - 15cm long

Item No.10

Black and blue stoneware dip pen with 24 carat gold gilded on silver - 13.5cm long

Item No.11

Green stoneware dip pen with ruthenium on silver - 13cm long

Item No.12

Light blue and black stoneware dip pen with ruthenium on silver - 16cm long

Item No.13

Beige stoneware dip pen with 24 carat gold on silver - 15cm long

Item No.14

Dark blue and black stoneware dip pen with ruthenium on silver - 14cm long

Item No.15

Magnifying glass with pale blue and brown stoneware and lacquered, polished brass - 17cm long

Item No.16

Magnifying glass with dark brown stoneware and lacquerd, polished brass - 16cm long

Item No.17

Magnifying glass with dark brown and beige stoneware and patinated metal - 16cm long

Item No.18

Mini yellow and blue stoneware vase; comes with textile mat  - 11cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.19

Mini pale and dark blue stoneware vase; comes with textile mat - 13.5cm tall x 6.5cm max ⌀

Item No.20

Mini blue and pale cream stoneware vase; comes with textile mat - 12cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.21

Mini blue and green stoneware vase; comes with textile mat - 12.5cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.22

Mini yellow and blue stoneware vase; comes with textile mat - 11cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.23

Mini yellow and blue stoneware vase; comes with textile mat - 10cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.24

Mini green and blue stoneware vase; comes with textile mat - 11.5cm tall x 6.5cm max ⌀

Item No.25

Extra large stoneware ink bottle - 18cm tall x 19cm ⌀

Item No.26

Green porcelain ink bottle with blue stoneware knob - 

Item No.27

Brown porcelain ink bottle with light brown stoneware knob - 9cm tall x 8cm ⌀

Item No.28

Brown stoneware ink bottle and knob - 10cm tall x 8.5cm ⌀

Item No.29

pale blue stoneware ink bottle and knob - 9cm tall x 7cm ⌀

Item No.30

Grey porcelain ink bottle with imitation tortoise shell lid - 6cm tall x 6.5cm ⌀

Item No.31

Grey porcelain ink bottle with imitation tortoise shell lid - 6cm tall x 6cm ⌀

Item No.54

Miniature blue stoneware inkwell - 4 x 4cm

Item No.56

Miniature beige stoneware inkwell - 5 x 3cm

Item No.57

Miniature green stoneware inkwell - 5 x 3cm

Item No.58

Miniature pale green stoneware inkwell - 5 x 3cm

Item No.60

Miniature dark green stoneware inkwell - 

Item No.63

Miniature dark brown stoneware inkwell - 5 x 5cm

Item No.64

Miniature grey stoneware inkwell - 5 x 4cm

Item No.65

Minature blue-grey stoneware inkwell - 5 x 4cm

Item No.66

Walnut pen tray set with grey and brass stoneware pen - 21.5 x 10cm tray; 13.5cm pen length

Item No.68

Dark walnut pen tray set with brown stoneware and patinated metal pen - 21.5 x 10cm tray; 15cm pen length

Item No.69

Dark walnut pen tray set with brown stoneware and bronze pen - 21.5x10 tray; 14cm pen length

Item No.70

Walnut blotter with light brown stoneware knob

Item No.71

Sycamore blotter with blue-brown stoneware knob

Item No.73

Stained and polished sycamore blotter with brown stoneware knob

Item No.74

Brown stoneware paperweight with cream knob - 4.5cm tall x 9cm ⌀

Item No.75

Blue stoneware paperweight with knob - 7.5cm tall x 7.5cm ⌀

Item No.76

Bronze paperweight with blue stoneware knob - 6cm tall x 8.5cm ⌀

Item No.77

Blue-grey stoneware paperweight with knob - 6cm tall x 9cm ⌀

Item No.78

Gilded sunflower bookend pair - 20 x 14 x 9cm

Item No.79

Dark brown wooden display stand with 2019 salt glaze button - 44 x 32cm 

Item No.80

Dark brown wooden display stand with 2020 salt glaze button - 58 x 32cm 

Item No.81

Dark yellow-brown candle holder - 6.5cm tall; 13.5 x 12cm ⌀

Item No.82

Dark blue candle holder - 5.5cm tall; 15 x 13cm 

Item No.83

Blue green stoneware pen pot - 10cm tall; 7 x 7.5cm ⌀

Item No.84

Green stoneware pen pot - 

Item No.85

Light brown stoneware pen pot - 10cm tall; 8.5 x 7cm ⌀

Item No.86

Dark brown stoneware pen pot - 9.5cm tall x 7cm ⌀

Item No.87

Blue stoneware pen pot - 10.5cm tall x 7.5cm ⌀

Item No.88

Yellow porcelain pen pot - 8.5cm tall x 7.5 ⌀

Item No.89

blue-brown stoneware pen pot - 10cm tall; 8.5 x 6cm ⌀

Item No.90

Pale blue fluted stoneware pen pot - 8.5cm tall; 7 x 6.5cm ⌀

Item No.91

Dark brown stoneware pen pot - 10cm tall x 7cm ⌀

Item No.92

White porcelain pen pot - 7cm tall x 9.5cm ⌀

Item No.93

Brown fluted porcelain pen pot - 8.5cm tall x 7cm ⌀

Item No.94

Blue base stoneware pen pot - 10cm tall x 7cm ⌀

Item No.95

Brown fluted pen pot - 10cm tall; 7 x 8.5cm ⌀

Item No.96

Yellow porcelain pen pot - 7.5cm tall x 8cm ⌀

Item No.97

Brown fluted stoneware pen pot - 8.5cm tall x 6.5cm ⌀

Item No.98

Green fluted stoneware pen pot - 8cm tall; 6.5cm ⌀

Item No.99

Dark brown fluted pen pot - 9cm tall; 7 x 6cm ⌀

Item No.100

Blue- brown stoneware pen pot - 10.5cm tall x 8cm ⌀

Item No.101

Large green stoneware pen pot with yellow base - 12cm tall x 12.5cm ⌀

Item No.102

Dark brown stoneware pen pot with porcelain side knob - 9cm tall x 6.5cm max ⌀

Item No.104

White porcelain pen pot with blue accents and black stoneware side knob - 9cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.105

White porcelain pen pot with yellow accents and blue stoneware side knob - 9cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.106

White porcelain pen pot with yellow accents and brown stoneware side knob - 10cm tall x 8cm max ⌀

Item No.107

White porcelain pen pot with large brown stoneware side knob - 8.5cm tall x 7cm max ⌀

Item No.108

Blue porcelain pen pot with stoneware side knob - 10cm tall x 8cm max ⌀

Item No.109

White porcelain pen pot with yellow accents and stoneware side knob - 8.5cm tall x 7.5cm max ⌀

Item No.110

White porcelain pen pot with blue side knob - 9cm tall x 9.5 max ⌀

Item No.111

White porcelain pen pot with yellow highlights and brown side knob - 6.5cm tall x 8.5cm ⌀

Item No.112

White porcelain pen pot with brown side knob - 7.5cm tall x 8cm ⌀

Item No.113

Brown stoneware pen pot with side knob and silver mount - 8cm tall; 5 x 6.5 cm ⌀

Item No.114

Blue stoneware pen pot with white highlights and white porcelain side knob - 11cm tall x 10cm ⌀

Item No.115

White and yellow porcelain pen pot with blue stoneware side knob - 7.5cm tall x 7.5cm ⌀

Item No.116

Brown oval stoneware pen pot - 11.5cm tall; 9 x 8cm ⌀

Item No.117

Beige oval stoneware pen pot with green highlights - 10.5cm tall; 12 x 10cm ⌀

Item No.118

Light beige oval stoneware pen pot - 10cm tall; 11 x 8.5cm ⌀

Item No.119

Dark brown stoneware pen pot with sunflower and white porcelain side knob - 11.5cm tall; 12.5cm ⌀