23 January - 12 April 2015
We begin 2015 by showcasing the work of up and coming ceramic artist, Emilie Taylor. Often working with vulnerable people or those on the fringes of society, Emilie utilises her MA in psychotherapy together with her BA in Fine Art to create socially engaged ceramics. Her work combines humour, the patterns of flock wallpaper, the images of those she works with in the style of a graphic novel, all overlaid on her large scale pots. Emilie is working in such a unique manner creating ceramics which are fresh, dynamic and relevant. As an emerging artist Emilie has had considerable recognition as a ceramic artist thus far; she is currently completing an artist residency at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and has had commissions from Grizedale Arts and Sheffield Museums and Galleries. She has had three small solo exhibitions, two in Sheffield and one at the Snug Gallery in London, and so Blackwell is in the unique position to offer Emilie her first high profile exhibition.
"It was a bold move for Blackwell to host an exhibition by ceramist Emilie Taylor…Although Taylor draws on the 17th-century vernacular slipware traditions of Thomas Toft, her approach is unmistakably 21st-century."
Lesley Jackson, Crafts Magazine