Dudley Harris, MD likes to say he doesn’t make art, he makes things. Art is for your mind.
There is no doubt, the delicate pottery bowls on display at the Briscoe Library are works of art. The bowls were made at Dr. Harris’ San Antonio studio using a Japanese method that the artist has perfected by working with artists in Japan. The process of creating each bowl takes a full month, with multiple glazings and firings, and the result is truly stunning.
A mostly retired ophthalmologist, Dr. Harris has a long history with the UT Health Science Center. He was among the first group of interns to train in 1969 at Bexar County Hospital (now University Hospital). After his residency, he served in the U.S. Navy and then entered private practice in San Antonio. He spent his career performing cataract surgeries. He has made numerous trips to Central America and Asia, doing pro bono surgeries.
Dr. Harris began working with pottery 30 years ago, and has always been attracted to the Japanese style tea bowl. He insists his bowls are for the kitchen and table. He says, “My bowls are for goulash. But if you think my bowls are beautiful, we are both happy.” He holds an annual open house in December at his studio. Proceeds from the sales event benefit Texas Public Radio. Dr. Harris can be contacted at email@example.com.
Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services