John A. Taylor

Hotel Amar

John A. TaylorJohn’s studio practice revolves around pottery, ceramic processes, color, pattern, and the figure. He makes ceramics, paintings, and works on paper. He uses very similar methods of building surfaces with ceramics as well as in his painting. Line, pattern, and color all come into play, he enjoys the formal elements of art, and he enjoys the “building of a surface”. Many times the figure emerges, the figure is a reoccurring subject in his work. And there is humor in this figures life. His painting process begins with many layers on the surface that are scratched or drawn through. After hardening consecutive layers are applied and removed. He enjoys the intuitive nature of his painting process. He uses a variety of materials including watercolor, oil and urethane.
Work on paper, technically a form of painting. These mainly start as Trace Prints. A plate is inked and paper laid on the surface. John then draws on the back and the pressure from the pencil picks up the ink on the other side of the sheet. After the ink dries he goes into the drawing with watercolor and a fine pen. The surface of pure pigment from the watercolor produces a vibrant color surface. Ceramics and ceramic processes suit him just fine. He enjoys the feeling of clay, the touch of the soft clay in his hands, throwing on the wheel, the melting of various natural minerals in the kiln, and, always, the unexpected kiln delight! His ceramics can be divided into to groups, Tabletop and Objects (including the large jars).
The tabletop work is made of stoneware or porcelain, slip, stains, and glaze. They are madeJohn A. Taylor for and are fully functional for every day use with food service.
Food safe glazes, tough stoneware clay, made for use in the kitchen, microwave oven, and dishwasher. The work is made in the manor of a studio artist, these are not production pots. He makes, trims, and glazes each piece. There may be a repetition in the themes, but each pottery piece is original. Objects are work he makes that tend to vary with experimentation. These cross off into working with skeletal structures to long time pottery motifs. The large Jars have been a long time favorite of mine. In the past he called them “story vessels” They have evolved from his life in the northwest.

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