LOUISA TAYLOR CERAMICS
written by Louisa Taylor
COMING AUGUST 2020!
Thames & Hudson
The practice of ceramics is steeped in history and tradition. For thousands of years humans have exploited the versatile qualities of clay as a material to produce items ranging from humble utilitarian vessels integral to family living, right through to exquisite works of art. Ceramics Masterclass explores this diverse discipline by showcasing 100 of the most innovative and inspiring artists past and present, analysing the techniques and methods used to create the works, and the concepts which underpin their creative process. Arranged thematically, Ceramics Masterclass includes chapters on vessels, functional works, sculptures, figurative works, installation and experimental surfaces. Perfect for students, amateur ceramicists and professionals, this book represents a global perspective of historical and contemporary approaches to clay and be a catalyst for discovery and intrigue.
CERAMICS: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR THE CONTEMPORARY MAKER
Jacqui Small Publishing (2011)
Ceramicists have been plying their art and craft for thousands of years, and never more prolifically than today. 'Ceramics' is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on the subject. Brimming with more than 700 full-color photos and illustrations, this is the new definitive guide for serious ceramics practitioners. Inside are step-by-step instructions on molding, firing, and glazing techniques, generously accompanied by detailed photographs. Also included are beautiful examples of contemporary work, plus plenty of historical information, artist profiles, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section. Perfect for students, artists, and collectors, this is a tremendously valuable addition to the vibrant world of ceramics.
Please note this addition is currently unavailable (back soon!) Refer to the USA edition Ceramics Bible for more info.
THE CERAMICS BIBLE
USA Edition published by Chronicle Books (2011)
This is the USA edition of Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker. It is the same content, just a different front cover. This book is still available to purchase through reputable book stores
Behind the scenes
With oxide wash
What a strange and odd time this has been lately. Adjusting to lockdown with a family and juggling work has been tricky but it has provided me an opportunity to finally get my studio sorted at home. For the last year I have been busy writing my new book Ceramics Masterclass which is due for release in August 2020. It's been such an enjoyable project to work on and I feel inspired by all the wonderful artists featured within the pages. I hope you find it an inspiring read too!
STOCKISTS AND PLACES TO BUY
Here are my current representatives around the UK:
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Smash, Bang, Wallop, Crystal Place
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge
IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK
Welcome to my new website, I've been taking a break from ceramics for the last 2 years but I've set up a little studio space at home and planning to get back to making very soon, watch this space!
The source of inspiration for my work stems from museum collections of 18th Century dining vessels. The subtle colour palette is directly influenced by hand painted decoration on historical tureens. I deconstruct each individual colour and match it with glaze and combine this with honed forms. Each piece is made from porcelain and thrown on the potters wheel. I create components, which I then cut, freely assemble and finish by hand.
Louisa Taylor studied a BA (hons) degree in 3D Design: Ceramics, at Bath Spa University (2000-2003) and then spent a year working as a production potter in rural Lincolnshire. This was followed by a Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London (2004-2006). Louisa set up her ceramic business in October 2006 and is based in Brighton, East Sussex where she produces her tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.
Alongside making her work, Louisa is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (hons)/MDes 3D Design and Craft course at the University of Brighton and a short course tutor at West Dean College. Louisa is a professional member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts, London. In 2012, Louisa undertook a six-month post (January – June) as artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Louisa is the author of Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker, published by Jacqui Small Publishing (2011).
Studio based in Brighton, UK