Louisa Taylor is a ceramicist and lectures in Design and Craft.
She is especially interested in colour permutation. form and function,18th Century dining vessels and rituals of dining.
Louisa runs her own practice producing ranges for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.
A lecturer of ceramics, Louisa is especially interested in colour permutation. form and function. 18th Century dining vessels. and rituals of dining. She runs her own practice producing, among other things, an aclaimed stacking tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.
Louisa Taylor joined the university in 2007 as a lecturer of ceramics on the BA (Hons)/Mdes 3D Design & Craft course. She studied ceramics at Bath Spa University and gained a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in 2006.
Taylor set up her ceramic business in October 2006 and received a Development Award from the Crafts Council in January 2007. Her creative practice is influenced by Eighteenth century porcelain vessels and the rituals of dining. Her studio is based in south-east London where she produces her tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.
Her successful work, Oriole, explores the role of tableware in contemporary dining. The subtle glazes depict the individual colours of the hand painted brush work of an Eighteenth century supper set. The extensive glaze research for this project was published as an article in Ceramic Review magazine, (issue 237).
In 2009, Taylor won the ‘Batch-production’ Award (£10,000) at the prestigious British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke on Trent. This was followed by: ‘The Evening Standard Homes & Property Best Domestic Product 2009’ and ‘UK Trade & Investment Silver Award for Innovation, Creativity and Potential to Export’. Her work was also selected to exhibit at the major international show Talente – Ambiente fair Munich, Germany.
Alongside making her own work and teaching, Taylor is a professional member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts, London. She consults as a freelance designer for industry, including concept/form development and colour consultancy. Clients include J Wedgwood and American online home-ware company, Teroforma. Louisa Taylor is the author of the book "Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker", Jacqui Small Publishing, which was released in September 2011. This is a work of 288 pages (65,000 words) with over 700 illustrations of contemporary ceramic practice.
From 11 January - 30 June 2012, Taylor will be the Artist in Residence based in the ceramics galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
From Jan-June 2012, Louisa Taylor undertook a ceramics residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her research explored the museum's collections of 18th-century porcelain wares, in particular Staffordshire pickle pots and spoon rests. The intention was to create objects that invite use and capture the playful qualities of the original pieces.
During her MA studies at the Royal College of Art, Louisa Taylor developed a keen interest in colourful stoneware glazes. This stemmed a vast research project producing over 1000 new recipes for glazes and surface finishes. As a result, Taylor is a consultant for industry and specialises as a consultant of colour trends and fashions.
Louisa Taylor is a skilled master of the pottery wheel and teaches ‘throwing’ to the students within the 3D Desgin and Materials Practice subject area at the University of Brighton. This has led to a new area of research currently in development, which explores the role of problem based learning and the acquirement of skill.
As a new lecturer to the University, Taylor completed a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching qualification in 2009.
Taylor, Louisa and Singh, Jason (2012) Sound Collaboration by Louisa Taylor and Jason Singh [Performance] (Unpublished)
Taylor, Louisa (2011) Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker Contemporary Craft Collection . Jacqui Small LLP, London. ISBN 1906417679
Taylor, Louisa (2011) Louisa Taylor: Inspired by York "A' Fourche" Condiment Set on a Gilded Platter Thrown and assembled porcelain, gold leaf. 2011 [Exhibition]
Taylor, Louisa (2009) Colouring glaze Ceramic Review, 237. pp. 62-64. ISSN 0144-1825
"Equally honed down are Louisa Taylor’s thrown stacking teapots and bowls. Through the minimal use of colour to heighten the form. Taylor produces shapes that are both functional and elegant."
(Emmanuel Cooper, Contemporary Ceramics. Thames and Hudson, London 2009)
"China's future in their hands. A ceramicist to watch: Louisa Taylor graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 with a master's in ceramics and glass and received a development award from the Crafts Council in 2008. Her crisply playful stacking tableware was "inspired by 18th-century porcelain vessels and the rituals of dining". Each piece is individually wheel-thrown at her Deptford studio’. Helen Brown How the ceramics industry can avoid Wedgwood's fate."
(The Guardian, Thursday 15 January 2009)
"Louisa Taylor is among the promising new generation of designers emerging from the RCA's ceramic and glass department. Her wheel-thrown tableware is conceptually clever but also skillfully made. A teacup and saucer is streamlined elegantly into one piece, the rim of the saucer suggested delicately by a jutting form and line of glaze, while a small jug sits on top of the sugar bowl, doing away with the need for a lid. The result is less fussy and more practical for modern living. Stacked up in multiples, these cool porcelain wares are not only functional - their elegant looping handles and gentle oval bowls make them objects of beauty too."
(Poppy Norton, 'Top Talent,' Grand Designs Magazine August 2006)