21st September 2019 - 9th November 2019

For this year’s Somerset Arts Week Festival, 21 September–6 October, ceramicist Emilie Taylor is presenting an installation inspired by historic collections of local pottery. Her new collection of pots, titled ‘Yield and Return’, will be displayed in the Abbey Barn.

Artist in Residence

Over the summer Emilie has been Artist in Residence at the museum. The ceramic pots she has created are in response to the distinctive Donyatt slipware collections currently on display in the museum’s exhibition ‘The Art of the Potter’. As well as spending time re-interpreting the historic collections Emilie has been working with community and school groups. Among them are students from Heathfield Community School, Taunton, who took part in a workshop. The dishes that they produced will go on display alongside Emilie’s work.

Ritual and Harvest

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.

With Grateful Thanks

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.

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Dates and locations

  • Saturday, 21st September 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019, 10:00 - 5:00