Jo Taylor is inspired by decorative architectural features such as ornate plaster ceilings. Taylor enjoys the grand gesture present in large-scale relief, the drama of deep shadow, the dialogue between space, structure and ornament.
The making process influences the outcome; connection with raw material is intrinsic to the shapes and marks made. Clay pieces are made and marked as the potter’s wheel rotates until a collection of loops and curls amass. More clay is manipulated by hand to create further pieces alluding to the organic; all are then joined and fired to create a unique work.
Taylor graduated with distinction from the MA Ceramics course at Bath Spa University in July 2012; based in Wiltshire her time is divided between studio practice and teaching. She was a finalist of the Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize in 2014.