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EMILIE TAYLOR


CRAFT RESIDENCY During summer 2019 Somerset Rural Life Museum focuses on historic and contemporary slipware through an exhibition in their gallery space. Somerset Art Works were invited to develop a residency and participatory elements for communities and schools to link into this theme. The outcomes of these form part of the artists installation in the Abbey Tithe Barn to coincide with the Festival.


The residency focuses on the wealth of inspiration found in the Donyatt Pottery (Slipware). The aim is to inspire and challenge audiences in relation to contemporary slipware and raise the quality of craft made and seen in Somerset.


Working with Curator Deirdre Figueiredo from Craftspace, SAW appointed Emilie Taylor. Emilie draws on the pre-Christian ritual symbolising the end of the Harvest, once common in Devon and parts of Somerset, and considers the ‘end of harvest’ in relation to contemporary issues around food production and distribution, wealth and poverty. A contemporary altar piece, installed in the Abbey Tithe Barn, will support large abstracted recreations of Harvest Slipware pieces (inspired by the Donyatt Pottery) decorated with sgraffito narratives of urban and rural landscapes, and their inhabitants.


Pots upscaled from a domestic to grandiose size create a contemporary tabernacle in an ancient monument, reflecting on community ritual in the British landscape.


Emilie works as an artist from her studio at Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield. Her work forms part of both public and private collections and is regularly exhibited throughout the UK.


Supported by Craftspace, commissioned by Somerset Art Works in partnership with South West Heritage Trust. Funded by Arts Council England.


Venue 114: The Abbey Barn, Somerset Rural Life Museum, GLASTONBURY, BA6 8DB. 10am - 5pm Private View: Saturday 21 September, 6 - 8pm


ANDREA OKE


Pottery was produced at Donyatt for 800 years before they closed their doors in the early 1900s. In that time many of the maker’s techniques changed very little, traditionally being handed down from generation to generation. Whilst their creative vision still speaks clearly to us, their voices have been silenced.


Artist Andrea Oke has accessed the recordings and archive held by the South West Heritage Trust to research the history of the Donyatt Potters and create a special shadow animation that responds to the makers, whose hands worked the local clay and developed the fascinating designs they created for their slipware.


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