Research Output per year
The source of inspiration for Louisa Taylor's work stems from museum collections of 18th Century dining vessels. Louisa is intrigued by high society dining rituals of the period and the performance of multi-course dining events. Her particular research interest lies with obsolete function and Louisa explores methods to redesign objects to create contemporary tableware for modern living. Louisa strives for a playfulness within her work and ultimately encourage user interaction and provoke conversation. Another area of interest is colour research for porcelain stoneware oxidised temperatures (1280°C). The subtle colour palette of Louisa’s work is directly influenced by hand painted decoration on historical tureens. Louisa deconstructs each individual colour and matches it with glaze. Her aim is to use the content of the decoration to inform the overall composition of the piece and combine this with honed forms.
During Jan-June 2012, Louisa Taylor undertook a ceramics residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Her research explored the museum's collections of 18th-century porcelain wares, in particular Staffordshire pickle pots and spoon rests. The intention was to create objects that invited use and captured the playful qualities of the original pieces. This led to a collection of work entitled Papillion(2013) which explored the role of food history and the impact it has on the way we dine today. Louisa worked alongside a food historian and was able to research food stuffs that were becoming available to the country during that time, such as pasta, chocolate and tropical fruits. There was greater awareness of health and well-being and new medical discoveries that radically changed diet, this included citrus fruit and the link between vitamin C preventing scurvy in sailors. Papillioncollection was a series of serving dishes, made from porcelain, cut and assembled. In the base of each dish was a moulded detail of the food. The intention of the piece was, as the food was eaten from the vessel the moulded texture of the food stuff would be revealed to the user. Louisa liked how this created a link between historical and modern dining.
Louisa’s most recent work entitled Sophie Tea Set(2016) is a further conclusion to the body of research for Papillion and explores themes that were beginning to develop during the residency including the role of women in high society and historically the importance of tea rituals as a female social activity.The set is an interpretation of an 18th Century centrepiece by the Meissen Factory. The tray has plinths built in to elevate the key components in the tea ceremony but to also create a sense of grandeur and occasion. The set is a personal response by Louisa as it was made to commemorate the special life of a loved one and to inspire a message of celebration.
Public collections of Louisa Taylor’s work include: Touchstones Museum, Rochdale; CoCA Museum, York; and Bristol Art Gallery and Museum.
Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art
Research output: Non-textual output › Performance
Research output: Book/Report › Book - authored
Louisa Taylor: Inspired by York"A' Fourche" Condiment Set on a Gilded Platter Thrown and assembled porcelain, gold leaf. 2011Taylor, L., 14 Mar 2011
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition
Activities per year
Activity: External talk or presentation › Invited talk