In the first in our series of interviews with our COLLECT artists, Jo Taylor tells us about the new work she is making for COLLECT, her inspiration and what else she is up to in 2015…
Can you tell us about the work you are making for COLLECT?
The work I have made for COLLECT includes my classic pure white porcelain pieces and the new blue porcelain pieces which are a very recent development within my practice. The selection includes a number of elegant free-standing sculptures and wall hung works.
What is the main inspiration for the work?
My original inspiration came from the flourish in decorative features in historical architecture such as ornate plaster ceilings, carved wood and wrought iron. My working methods also bring their influence – I combine the use of a traditional potters wheel and hand building techniques to create pieces which are collaged together to form a finished work prior to firing. The development of blue pieces was inspired by coloured porcelain in classic Wedgwood Jasperware.
Have you shown at COLLECT before?
I haven’t shown at COLLECT before and feel privileged to by showing my work there courtesy of Young Masters and The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
What is it about showing at COLLECT this year that most excites you?
There are many reasons to be excited about showing at COLLECT – the prestigious venue, the international audience, the quality of the galleries & calibre of works shown – it is an aspirational show for many makers. I am excited to be going with Young Masters as the concept of the prize gives an appropriate context to my work and that of the other makers I am showing alongside, whom I hold in high esteem.
What other projects are you working on?
At this present moment I am working towards a big event in the international ceramics calendar – ICF 2015 which is biannual festival hosted by Aberystwyth University in July. I am one of 15 international ceramicists who will be lecturing & demonstrating for the duration of the festival & will show 10 new works in the makers exhibition in the University gallery. I feel privileged to be asked to demonstrate at this prestigious festival relatively early in my career and am both excited and nervous at the prospect!
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is showing a curated selection of new ceramic works by artists who featured in the inaugural 2014 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, including overall winner Matt Smith, highly commended artists Jongjin Park and Zemer Peled, shortlisted artists Jo Taylor, Kevin Callaghan and Christabel Birbeck, and Guest Artist Chris Antemann.
COLLECT is the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, featuring 35 International Galleries showing world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft. The Fair takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 8 – 11 May.