Harrison makes public sculptural installations using and referencing the
processes of firing clay in live public experiments that draw on, and
become metaphors for, socio-political events. A Residency at the Victoria
and Albert Museum (V&A), London (October 2012-March 2013) enabled
Harrison to bring the process and methods of these innovative time-based
works (developed since 2002) to a larger public, including those in
education at all levels and professional audiences, transforming
attitudes, knowledge and understanding of the ceramics field, and
contributing to significant economic impact via visitor numbers and
practical workshops. The V&A has c1.6million visitors in any six-month
period, 50,000 school trips, and a substantial online audience.
The public debate on the conflict between creation and evolution has been
changed by Conor Cunningham's research:
With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War approaching,
there is increased national and international interest in this conflict.
The `home front' in Britain during that conflict is one that is relatively
under-researched. At Sunderland, Smith's research into this social context
has led to her being asked to help a local museum develop teaching
materials for schools and the wider community as part of preparations for
the centenary events. Her research has also influenced the production of
genealogy programmes on television.