NGJ Summer Exhibition: Norma Rodney Harrack

Norma Rodney Harrack

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Norma Rodney Harrack – Folded

“Folded” – a slab-constructed ceramic work is part of a series that explores the traditional ‘envelope’ form.  A template of the form to be constructed was cut from a slab of clay; the two opposing sides were then joined at the sides and further joined to stand upright on a small base; the form was then paddled into flatness. The work conjures up architecture, providing bold use of line, mass and form.

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Norma Rodney Harrack – Mountain and Rain

“Mountain and Rain” – a rectangular slab work with undulating edge – ‘Mountain’. The lower sections of the flattened sides of the form are punctuated with repetitive low-relief linear striations moving down to the end of the base – ‘rain’.  “Mountain and Rain” manifests my love of nature. Nature’s forces continue to pique my interest and to influence the trajectory of my work. The inspiration I derive from nature also stimulates my creativity and allows greater dimension of my work. 

These hand-built forms are enhanced through my glaze palette of traditional whites and grays and textural qualities to create sculptural ceramics with modern sensibility.


Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Norma Rodney Harrack

Norma Rodney Harrack – Lidded form with Peacock Glaze and Brush Drawing (2013)


The Jamaica Biennial 2017 is now in its final days, after the main exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica in Downtown Kingston was extended to June 10.

Norma Rodney Harrack was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Harrack was educated at the University of the West Indies (MA) and the Jamaica School of Art (now the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts). She has exhibited extensively in Jamaica, Europe, Asia and the USA. Among her many accolades, was the Silver Musgrave Medal she was awarded in 1993 for contributions to the field of pottery and ceramics. In 1999, Rodney Harrack was elected a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and in 2002 was awarded the Aaron Matalon Award for her entry in the 2002 National Biennial. She lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.


Norma Rodney Harrack – Shino-glazed Form with Geometric Incised Design (2013)