British Born, Philippa Taylor is a mid-career potter based in Melbourne. Her work is guided by a deep interest in the aesthetics of Textile and Botanical Motifs and Modernist forms. She has researched and developed a range of surface decorating techniques to emulate and respond to the patterns found in Nature.
Philippa creates both vessels and sculptural works on the wheel exploring the concepts of connection and contrast. She graduated with a Bachelor of Craft Honours from Monash University in 1997 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 1999.
Her career highlights include being a finalist in multiple Ceramic Awards and during her early career, a piece of her graduating work was purchased by Dame Elizabeth Murdoch.
In 2019 Her work, ‘I walk the Line’ 2019 was acquired by the Art Gallery of Ballarat. This acquisition was instrumental in setting her on the path to developing her interest in ceramic surface decoration and pattern further.
Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions nationally, including Vignettes – 2019 and Endemic Earth – 2019. in Hobart. In conjunction with The Australian Ceramics Triennale 2019 and Botanical – 2019, in Melbourne.
During Covid 19 lockdown in 2020 she developed a new visual language, with a new medium. It manifested from a strong desire to put down my feelings, a release.
With little studio time possible, creating works on paper took over her arts practise.
Continuously Painting a mass of swirling random lines eventually started to form considered patterns. The lines began to connect and the aesthetic of textile motifs started to emerge.
In 2021, Philippa’s studio practice sees her making one-off pieces for exhibition. She continues to create both in Ceramics and works on paper
Alongside her practice Philippa works in Education, teaching Visual Arts.