Last year we introduced this new ceramics course with Chris Taylor and it was a huge success, not least of all because Chris has a unique set of techniques to share, including screen printing surface decoration onto your pots. Chris’s work is highly collectable and very different in style and form to our other regular tutors Tim Andrews & Laurel Keeley.
As with our other courses you will have the chance to throw at the wheel as well as hand-build freestyle or using moulds and is open to participants of all experiences from beginner to professional. Chris will also introduce his approach, which will include a range of different surface decoration techniques and his passion for experimentation and free expression.
Chris Taylor grew up in South East London and studied 3D Design Ceramics at the University of the West of England in 2000. Since graduating he worked for a number of studio potteries around the UK including the Dartington Pottery in Devon and Edinbane Pottery, Scotland during which time he developed his own practice as a ceramicist, taking inspiration from the rich history within the ceramic field.
I like teaching, making is quite solitary, so its nice to teach from time to time, to be with other people, its really nice to be with people who are interested in the same things, to talk about their work and to find out what makes them tick.
Chris likes to combine materials, techniques and processes which are not commonly seen side by side, to create objects that are rich with colour, texture and material quality. His work is exhibited at a range of galleries and stockists including Contemporary Applied Arts, London and Galerie Altena, Holland. In 2009, Chris returned to academia, completing a Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. During his time there, he was awarded the Royal College of Art Travel Scholarship which he used to undertake an artist’s residency in Jingdezhen, China. He went on to join the team at Plymouth College of Art where he worked for a number of years as their Pathway Leader for Ceramics & Glass. He now lives in Scotland and focuses on his own work whilst running Clay Works Studios in Dumfries, South West Scotland.