Chris Taylor


Chris takes inspiration from the rich history within the ceramic field, combining materials, techniques and processes which are not commonly seen side by side and layering them to create objects that are rich with colour, texture and material quality. He is driven to use his knowledge of tradition and his craft skills to create contemporary objects using old processes. In doing so he believes the objects do not loose contact with their heritage and there fore contain a sense of a wider history.

Whilst the vessel forms appear commonplace, the surface treatment conflicts with this notion of familiarity and Chris uses this approach to challenge people’s innate understanding of domestic objects. The surface decoration is applied in interesting and unusual ways. Lustre will appear painterly and free. Pattern will be disrupted by an area of loosely applied colour or worn away to reveal the clay underneath. Glaze is intentionally applied inconsistently to reveal the matt surface below and surface cracking is encouraged for decorative interest.

"For me there is a strong relationship between the process of making and the variety of ways this leaves its evidence on an object. My work explores the marrying of form, surface pattern and ceramic technique. Through practical investigations contemporary objects are created using traditional techniques and processes. In this way visual interest is forged that brings together tradition, decoration and process to create a sense of ‘history’ to the surface."

Born  1972

Education
2009-11
 Royal College of Art MA Ceramics and Glass
1996-99  B.A. Hons Degree Ceramics, University of the West of England, Bristol

Awards
2012
  Devon Guild Summer Show
2012  Bevere Gallery Graduate Show
2010  Lighting Association, Lighting Design Award
2010  Royal College of Art, Paolozzi Travel Scholarship

Residencies
2010 
The Pottery Workshop, Jingdezhen, China

Selected Recent Exhibitions
2012
 Contemporary Materials, Shoreditch, London
Devon Guild Summer Show, Bovey Tracey
Bevere Gallery Graduate Show, Worcester
2011  Old Material New Work, Royal College of Art, London Mint Gallery for the London Design Festival, Kensington, London
Interiors, Birmingham
2010  Out of Practice, Siobhan Davies Studios, London
The Devon Guild Summer Show, Bovey Tracey
Art in Clay, Hatfield 

Publications
2011
 Colour in Glazes, Linda Bloomfield, A & C Black     tl Magazine
2009  Living etc…

 

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