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HARRISON McINTOSH (1914 - 2016)

Exceptional tall covered jar with wide swirling lines, Claremont, CA, before 2014; Glazed stoneware; Chop mark, original paper label; 18 1/2" x 6"; Provenance: Modern Times, Chicago, IL; Private collection, California

Sale Price: $5,625

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Condition Report

Excellent condition


"There are no technical secrets in the way I work, and I strongly believe that craftsmanship is important only to the extent that it supports the spiritual content of the work. Form, emphasized by surface quality, must, above all, remain a very human expression. And the quality of a piece, at the end, depends on the human emotion it expresses or inspires." Harrison McIntosh lived to be a centenarian with an illustrious career that spanned over eight decades. Before embarking on his own path in the late 1950s, he studied with some of the foremost ceramicists of the mid-20th century, including Glen Lukens, Bernard Leach, and Marguerite Wildenhain, absorbing aspects of their craft while honing his own vision. Rather than delving into abstract expressionism, as many of his contemporaries would, he was drawn to the pursuit of perfecting simple forms – vessels, bowls, covered jars – in stoneware. He settled in Claremont, CA, building a peaceful studio where he worked until his death in 2016. The following lots represent some of the best examples of his work: strong, balanced, and elegant forms, flawlessly thrown and expertly designed. They are refined meditations in clay, the results of a tireless artist dedicated to his craft.