Yield and Return

Emilie Taylor Responds to Donyatt Pottery

Co-commissioned by Craftspace, Somerset Art Works and South West Heritage Trust

A ceramic vase with line drawings of people and scenes scratched into the glaze.

New ceramics by Emilie Taylor

Consultancy project

The exhibition is on display until 9th November 2019.

An exhibition of new work by ceramicist Emilie Taylor inspired by the historic Donyatt slipware pottery collections at the Somerset Rural Life Museum which also features work made with local schools.

Artist in Residence

Over the summer Emilie has been Artist in Residence at Somerset Rural Life Museum. She spent time re-interpreting the historic collections and also worked with community and school groups. Some of the work produced is also on display.

Emilie uses traditional slipware to interpret and represent post-industrial landscapes and the spaces that sit between the urban and the rural. She is interested in the vessel as a metaphor for how we seek to contain communities and community rituals within British society. She uses this approach in relation to contemporary issues around food production and distribution, wealth and poverty. She also draws on pre-Christian rituals, once common in parts of Somerset, that symbolize the end of the harvest. (Read more on the South West Heritage Trust website.)

Working together

The project was co-commissioned by Somerset Art Works, South West Heritage Trust and Craftspace, and supported by Arts Council England funding. The school’s engagement work was made possible by Department of Education funding distributed through Arts Council England.

Where Next

Abstract ceramic shapes.

Artist: Hannah Fellows

Artist showcase.

An table-like structure holds a surface covered in ceramic 'moss'.

Artist: Anna Cebular

Artist Showcase

An older man works with a young boy hammering a metal punch.

Making Together at Birmingham Settlement

2019: Discovering materials with young children and families.

The drag artist holds a bright fabric 'medal'.

Craft in Common for Black History Month 2020

We invited four early-career Black artists and one drag queen to make courage medals for a Black person they admire.


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