Nic Harrison moved to Cornwall with his wife, Jackie, in 1975. Following his studies in studio pottery at Cornwall College from 1975 to 1979, he worked at the Leach Pottery in St Ives with Janet Leach, Trevor Corser and Jason Wason. He was there from 1979 to 1981 and was the last Leach student.
In 1981 Nic and Jackie, a weaver, set up their own pottery and weaving workshop with showroom at Trelowarren, the historic home of the Vyvyan family near Helston. Nic produces an extensive range of kitchen, domestic, oven-to-table stoneware pottery, all hand-thrown, selling direct to the public and through local galleries. Much of his work is in the locally produced stoneware clay, although he also uses porcelain clay.
Decoration is kept simple, using cobalt, iron, copper and manganese oxides. The glazes used are a sage green celadon and a black to rust tenmoku. He prefers to leave his forms uncluttered by decoration, but when oxides are used, the ‘indefinite line’ is achieved by decorating on the surface of the glaze and is characteristic of his work.