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Thrown and Ornamented Ceramic Vessels
by Jo Taylor, UK


Neoclassical Postmodernism expediently sums up the strategy underpinning Jo Taylor’s work. Ornament is elevated to structure in her elaborate arrangements or forms; their application is more akin to a brick in a wall than a flourish on a surface. While color plays a substantive formal role, it is never as a superficial glaze; rather, colored stained clay bodies dominate while secondary impasto brushstrokes of colored slip dance on the surface in the manner of Cy Twombly. While Jo’s series of “pier” form vessels (inspired by Victorian seaside confections) betray a debt to Frank Ghery her Baroque colonnades and capitals are an adoring tribute to Piranesi.