Louisa Taylor

Louisa has a passion for 18th century tableware which underpins her practice. It was her research into collections at museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London that led her to explore the role of tableware in contemporary dining. Each piece is hand made in porcelain and skilfully thrown on the potters wheel and freely assembled. Experimentation with colour inspires and motivates her. Referencing 18th century wares, Louisa’s subtle colour palette derives from the hand painted decoration on these vessels, the pattern is deconstructed and each colour is individually matched with glaze.

Louisa Taylor studied a BA (hons) degree in Ceramics at Bath Spa University followed by a Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art Since graduating, not only has she been featured in respected design publications, her work has also earned various design and development awards including the Crafts Council Development Award and most recently, the prestigious British Ceramics Biennial Batch Production Award. Louisa works from a studio in Deptford, south east London. Alongside making her tableware, she lectures, writes, and designs for industry. Louisa is the author of “Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker”, Jacqui Small Publishing (released Sept 2011).

Born  1980

 MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, London
2000–03  BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design/Ceramics 2:1
Bath Spa University College,
1999–00  BTEC National Diploma Art Foundation Distinction
Yeovil College,

2009  British Ceramics Biennial Batch Production Award
UK Trade and Investment Potential to Export Silver Award
Evening Standard Best Domestic Product 2009
2008  Craft Charitable Trust Award
Crafts Council Development Award
2007  CIDA Business Development Award
2005  Dartington Crystal Design Award- First Prize 

Selected Exhibitions
  Fiesta The Leach Pottery, St Ives Cornwall
Domesticated Contemporary Ceramics Cenre
Spring Show Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
Solo Show: Inspired by York New School House Gallery, York
Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art, London
2010  Tea Museums Sheffield, Yorkshire
Solo Show Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
Showcase Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire
Handmade in Britain The Conran Shop, London
British Craft Fortnum & Mason, London
20:10 Ruthin Gallery, Wales
Small and Perfectly Formed Contemporary Ceramics
Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art, London
2009 British Ceramics Biennial The Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent
Genesis SDC Gallery, London
Origin Somerset House, London
Tea Potty? SDC Gallery, London
Talente International Design Fair, Germany
Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art, London
Spectrum RBSA, Birmingham
2008  Genisis SDC Gallery, London
Eat, Drink & Be Merry Llanstrant Grange Arts, Wales
Origin Somerset House, London
Porcelain Craft Central, London
Focus Showcase Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Mug Shots Harley Gallery, Worksop
Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art, London
At Table Part 1 Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House, Cumbria
2007  Origin Somerset House, London
Three x3 Makers Guild Wales Craft in the Bay Gallery, Cardiff
Must have More Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
RCA Recent Graduates Show Bank of America, London
2006  Circles and Squares North House Gallery, Manningtree
London Design Week Small bone of Devizes Flag ship store, London
Somerset Art weeks Hurst Cottage, Ilminster
New Designers Part One Islington Business Design Centre, London
Generation – Degree Show Royal College of Art

Taylor, L. Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker 2011 Aurum Press, London
Ceramic Review, Louisa Taylor Inspired by York March 2011 issue 248 (pg62)
Cooper, E. Contemporary Ceramics 2009 Thames & Hudson, London
Evening Standard, Homes and Property 28 October 2009 (pg9) 
Ceramic Review, Glaze Permutation April 2009 issue 237 (pg34)
Sunday Times Style Guide February 2009 (pg72)
Country Living Magazine Emporium January 2008 (pg23)
Grand Designs Magazine, Top Talent September 2006 issue (pg 47)




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