From a young age I have always wanted to be an artist and working with clay has been my main focus for the last 8 years.
In 2000, I studied a three year BA (hons) degree in Ceramics at Bath Spa University. During this time I developed my artistic interests and new skills in particular - I learnt to throw on the potters wheel. However my degree work was a range of flamboyant sculptural pieces that were a combination of throwing and hand-building. My intention was to build upon my new technical skills.
Once I completed my BA degree I felt strongly that I wanted to pursue a career as a ceramic artist and was fortunate to be offered an opportunity to run a small pottery business in North Lincolnshire. This turned out to be an extremely valuable experience and I enjoyed the freedom and responsibilities of being self employed. Working as a ‘potter’ I mainly taught clay workshops in local schools but also produced my own work to sell in galleries. After 18 months at the pottery I felt ready for a new challenge and decided to further my studies.
After securing a place at the Royal College of Art, I moved to London to study a Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass. This proved to be an exciting time in terms of personal development and opportunities.
Since graduating in 2006, I now have a studio in Clapham, South London where I hope to continue developing my business venture. I intend this to be a mixture of projects such as designing for manufacture, part-time teaching – as well as making and developing my own work.
Date of Birth: 1980
Awards: 2005 Dartington Crystal Award -First Prize
2006 Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass.
2003 Bath Spa University College, BA(Hons) Three-Dimensional Design/Ceramics
Feb 2007: ‘3x3’, Craft in the Bay Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Dec 2006: ‘Circles and Squares’, North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex
Dec 2006: ‘Open Studios’, Clapham Pottery, London
Sept 2006: ‘Somerset Art Weeks’. Hurst Cottage, Ilminster, Somerset
Sept 2006: ‘London Design Week’, Smallbone of Devizes, London
July 2006: ‘New Designers’, Business Design Centre, London
May 2006: ‘Generation’, Royal College of Art, London
Travel: Nationally, Yes Internationally, Yes
Press Quotes: '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 August 2006, Grand Designs Magazine
This collection is a reinterpretation of traditional tableware. The cup has been integrated with the saucer and therefore can be stacked on top of another. The small cream jug can function as a lid to the sugar pot when stacked on top to become a tidy set.
My tableware aims to bring a sense of grace and presence to the table top, without dominating the food that is being presented. It is made from porcelain clay and individually thrown on the potters wheel.
Colours available in Blue – Opal and Green – Pink.
Studio visits are welcome.
Stock available of most items.
Large pieces such as the presentation dish are made to order which takes 3-4 weeks.
All pieces are fired to stoneware temperature and therefore dishwasher and microwave proof
For special commissions a 50% deposit is required.
Espresso Cup £34
Coffee Cup £36
Cappuccino Cup £38
Tea Mug £25
Milk Jug £65
Cream Jug £35
Double Handled Sugar Bowl £40
Sugar Bowl £35
‘Either way’ Sauce Boat £55
Soup/dessert bowl £35
Large Presentation Dish £150
Medium Presentation Dish £98
Small Presentation Dish £75
Four Teaspoons and Pot £30
Individual Pot £12
Individual Teaspoon £7.50
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