L.J.Harvey the Teacher
L.J.Harvey, teacher at the Brisbane Technical College
L.J. Harvey was born in England in 1871, and came to Brisbane with his parents in 1874.
He first made his name as a wood carver, winning prizes as an apprentice and opening his own carpentry business around 1895.
By 1905, he was teaching carving at the Brisbane Technical College part-time; in 1916 he was teaching full-time at the College, and had developed a teaching technique for pottery which became the standard for his particular style of creativity. In 1937, he retired from the Technical College and opened an applied art school of his own in Brisbane, titled the “School of Applied Arts”.
His carpentry training is evident in his approach to his pottery technique. He had his students create slab forms ‘cut’ from rolled flat clay and pieced together like furniture. Decoration was just like his carved wooden pieces, the patterns being in many cases carved away rather than built up.
His influences were many, and his styles changed over time. From neo-Rennaissance to Classicism, Art Nouveau, and ‘Australiana’, he covered a lot of different styles, which is clearly reflected in the work of his students such as Clem Ainslie.