The source of inspiration for Louisa Taylor’s work stems from museum collections of 18th century dining vessels. She is fascinated by the rituals of dining and the role of tableware in contemporary dining. She creates objects for the home that aim not to prescribe specific functions but instead encourage sharing and relaxed eating; making the suggestion of how eating meals together can build stronger bonds and relationships within the family unit. Each piece is made from porcelain and thrown on the potter’s wheel. Taylor creates components which are then cut, freely assembled and finished by hand.
The subtle colour palette of the range is directly influenced by hand painted decoration on historical tureens and grand vessels. Taylor deconstructs each individual colour and matches it with glaze. The content of the decoration too informs the overall composition of the 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 to create works that, as a whole, describe the pattern from where they derived.