Jo completed her MA at Bath Spa University in 2012, based at historic Corsham Court.
I make sculptural forms from fragments of clay, each fragment containing the gesture of my hand. Visual influences include plaster ceilings, wrought iron gates, carved wood, which reference the natural & organic.
My larger forms are made from heavily grogged & coloured clays fired to 1260' & are suitable for outdoor display. I also make more delicate porcelain forms which work on a more domestic scale.
Ceramics Monthly magazine (US) has just featured the story of my change of career to ceramicist in their November issue - you can read the article here.Bath Spa University have made a short film about Jo's MA experience - Watch it here!
Wit Gallery, The : Jo Taylor
June 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery : Fractures: Texture and Fragility in Modern Ceramics
July 25, 2018 to November 24, 2018
Doddington Hall and Gardens : Jo Taylor ceramic sculpture
July 28, 2018 to September 22, 2018
I incorporate colour into the clay body and then manipulate it when very soft: the sense of softness and touch remains apparent in the finished piece. I use a range of grogged clays and porcelain which are all fired to 1260' to make them weatherproof if displayed outdoors.
2012 - MA Ceramics, Bath Spa University - I also hold a BA in Ceramics & a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education from Bath Spa. I have been teaching ceramics for the past 6 years, including Creative Arts undergraduates and the offender learning sector. I currently teach ceramic improvers at the New Brewery Arts in Cirencester.
2nd – 23rd December 2013, Young Gallery, Salisbury selected for Off the Wall, 5 Wiltshire sculptors competing for the Althea Wynne bursary
12th October – 6th November Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, selected for The Open West
19th September – 17th October, Tarporley Art Gallery, Cheshire, selected for Ceramic Art
18th September onwards – Splendour on long term loan to Royal United Hospital, Bath – displayed in courtyard next to main atrium
6th July – 18th August, 2013, Newark Park (National Trust), Ozleworth, Glos selected for The Open West
31st July – 8th September 2013, Coughton Court (National Trust), Alcester, Warwickshire, selected for Sculpture at Coughton Court Gardens
16th June – 7th July 2013 Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Cirencester, Glos: “Submergence” swimming pool installation consisting of 3 porcelain sculptures
12th – 30th June 2013 “Transitory” solo show at Barn Gallery, Kington Langley, Wiltshire
5th –29th June 2013 Bath Abbey, selected for Hospitality group show: Gethsemane altar installation
1st June – 31st July 2013 Coombe Trenchard, Devon, selected for Sculptural
3rd May – 16th June 2013 Wyndcliffe Court Gardens, Chepstow selected for Elegance & Form
12th January - 14th February 2013: The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon selected for Get Fresh
5th January - 26th January 2013: Bevere Gallery, Worcester selected for Graduate Show 2013
17th November 2012 – 23rd January 2013: Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys selected for Look West
27th October 2012 – 6th January 2013: The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, Emergence, solo show
26th – 30th September 2012: The American Museum, Claverton Down, Bath, MA Show
18th August – 29th September 2012: Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, selected for Portal 2012
1-31st August 2012:, Painswick Rococo Gardens, Gloucestershire, selected for Embarkation for Dangerous Liaisons
27-30th June 2012: Islington, London, New Designers
Pound Arts Open Exhibition 2011
Fresh 2011 at British Ceramics Biennial, former Spode Factory, Stoke on Trent
Sept 2011: Ceramics at Corsham Court,
2011: Fresh Air 2011, Quenington Sculpture Trust, Cirencester
Sept 2010 Sculpture Garden, Well Close House, Bradford on Avon