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Chris Taylor

In 2000, after completing a degree in ceramics at the University of the West of England, he moved to Devon to embark upon an apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery. For the next five years he worked in several ceramics studios across the country gradually honing his making skills.
In 2005 Chris began to produce his own range of handmade table ware whilst teaching part time at North Devon School of Art. This he did for four years before leaving his teaching job to study at the Royal College of Art.
He has now completed his Masters degree in Ceramics and Glass and during this time he has produced several new pieces of work as well as winning two awards; one for lighting design and the other a travel scholarship which he used to undertake an artist’s residency in China.
His pieces are formed by throwing or pressing and left to dry before being decorated. The decoration is built up in layers using a variety of materials and techniques; painted clay slips, print, glaze, enamel, erosion and lustre are all used to create a rich layered surface.
Chris has always been drawn to ‘making’ and enjoys the interplay between form, texture and colour. Inspiration comes from both traditional ‘English Slipware’ as well as Japanese painting practices. These are bound together within the decoration resulting in fluid graphic marks which work to enhance the forms.
As well as making Chris also teaches and has recently been appointed as ceramics lecturer at Plymouth College of Art.
He won two awards in 2012 including one from the Bevere Gallery at Graduate Show 2011