Louisa Taylor Statement
The source of inspiration for my work stems from museum collections of historical dining vessels. I am fascinated by the rituals of dining and the role of tableware in contemporary dining. I create objects for the table that aim not to prescribe specific functions but instead encourage sharing and relaxed eating; I like the suggestion of how eating meals together can build stronger bonds/relationships within the family unit. Each piece is thrown in porcelain and freely assembled. My inspiration for the subtle colour palette is from the hand-painted decoration on soup tureens. I deconstruct each individual colour and match it with glaze. I use the content of the decoration to inform the overall composition of a piece; for example the height of the vessel correlates to the proportion of the colour in the pattern, jug forms suggest birds or figurative details. The intention is create works that as a whole, describe the pattern from where they derived.
Louisa Taylor Bibliography
Louisa Taylor studied a BA (hons) degree in 3D Design: Ceramics, at Bath Spa University (2000-2003) followed by a Masters in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London (2004-2006). Louisa set up her ceramic business in October 2006 and received a Development Award from the Crafts Council in January 2007. Her studio is based in Deptford, south-east London where she produces her tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally. Alongside making her work, Louisa is a Lecturer on the BA(hons)/Mdes 3D Design and Craft course at the University of Brighton and she is a professional member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts, London. Louisa is also the author of “Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker”, published by Jacqui Small Publishing.