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Rebecca Harvey was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1961. A long-time professor at The Ohio State University, she is currently Professor and Head of Applied Arts at the Royal College of Art in London, England. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Harvey’s work is based in the residue, both physical and intangible, of objects. Project-based sculptural work reflects the implications of place on process and materials as well as the sea of image and interpretation that forms the ways that objects carry, create, and compound meaning. Ceramic work often focuses on the mold and the cast and the correlation between the two, in the twinned relationship between container and contained. The interior of one object becomes the exterior of the other, the lines between the two become blurred.

“My Dresden residency, and my subsequent work at the Dresden porcelain factory, formed the seed of a way of working that took me years to recognize. I work in a way that responds directly to place and materials at hand.”