Jo Taylor, ‘Duchess' and new vessels from this ‘After’ series of porcelain are inspired by the forms of Sevre porcelain from the 18th Century. Each is a contemporary reinterpretation of this elegant high-shouldered, voluptuous shape. The surface is embellished with hand formed flourishes in matt, coloured porcelain and fluid brushes of slip that are strike impolite conversations with the material, challenging them into a new articulations.
In Jo Taylor’s ceramics there is a grand gesture reminiscent of a Rococo ornament and architectural plasterwork. Each of her pieces are modelled by the light, with dramatic deep shadows drawing rhythms and curves. She works from potters wheel to composing looping constructions in porcelain and stoneware.
In her sculptures and vessels the making process influences the outcome; the connection with the raw material is intrinsic to the shapes & marks made. Clay pieces are made & marked with tools as the potter’s wheel rotates until a collection of loops & curls of varying sizes is amassed.
Exhibition 'An Intimate Distance' with Craigie Aitchison, Eileen Cooper, and Natasha Michaels at Rabley Gallery in March 21.