Louisa Taylor


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Research interests

Louisa Taylor joined the university in 2007 and is a Senior Lecturer of Ceramics (0.2) and Professional Practice (0.4) on the BA (Hons)/Mdes 3D Design & Craft course. She studied ceramics at Bath Spa University and gained a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in 2006.

Taylor set up her ceramic business in October 2006 and received a Development Award from the Crafts Council in January 2007. Her creative practice is influenced by Eighteenth century porcelain vessels and the rituals of dining. Her studio is based in south-east London where she produces her tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.

Her successful work, Oriole, explores the role of tableware in contemporary dining. The subtle glazes depict the individual colours of the hand painted brush work of an Eighteenth century supper set. The extensive glaze research for this project was published as an article in Ceramic Review magazine, (issue 237).

In 2009, Taylor won the ‘Batch-production’ Award (£10,000) at the prestigious British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke on Trent. This was followed by: ‘The Evening Standard Homes & Property Best Domestic Product 2009’ and ‘UK Trade & Investment Silver Award for Innovation, Creativity and Potential to Export’. Her work was also selected to exhibit at the major international show Talente – Ambiente fair Munich, Germany.

Alongside making her own work and teaching, Taylor is a professional member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts, London. She consults as a freelance designer for industry, including concept/form development and colour consultancy. Clients include J Wedgwood and American online home-ware company, Teroforma. Louisa Taylor is the author of the book "Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker", Jacqui Small Publishing, which was released in September 2011. This is a work of 288 pages (65,000 words) with over 700 illustrations of contemporary ceramic practice.

From 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 invite use and capture the playful qualities of the original pieces. This led to a collection of work entitled ‘Papillion’ which explored the role of food history and the impact it has on the way we dine today. 

During her MA studies at the Royal College of Art, Louisa Taylor developed a keen interest in colourful stoneware glazes. This stemmed a vast research project producing over 1000 new recipes for glazes and surface finishes. As a result, Taylor is a consultant for industry and specialises as a consultant of colour trends and fashions.

Louisa Taylor is a skilled master of the pottery wheel and teaches ‘throwing’ to the students within the 3D Design and Craft subject area at the University of Brighton. Taylor completed a PG Cert in Learning & Teaching qualification in 2009. This has led to an area of research currently in development, which explores the role of problem-based learning and the acquirement of skill. 

Public collections of Louisa Taylor’s work include: Touchstones Museum, Rochdale; CoCA Museum, York; and Bristol Art Gallery and Museum.

Louisa Taylor is also a visiting Lecturer at The Royal College of Art, West Dean College and Inside Out (Charity). 

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art

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Glazes Chemical Compounds
Coloring Chemical Compounds
Oxides Chemical Compounds
Coloring Agents Chemical Compounds
Metals Chemical Compounds
working method Social Sciences
Color Chemical Compounds
selling Social Sciences

Research Output 2002 2012

Sound Collaboration by Louisa Taylor and Jason Singh

Taylor, L. & Singh, J. 30 May 2012

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Sound Artist

Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker

Taylor, L. 25 Sep 2011 London. 288 p. (Contemporary Craft Collection)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Open Access
working method
Gold Leaf
Yorkshire Museum

Colouring glaze

Taylor, L. 1 Mar 2009 237, p. 62-64 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coloring Agents

Why the absence of fashionable dress in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition "Art Nouveau, 1890-1910"?

Taylor, L. Sep 2002 6, 3, p. 311-322 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle