Initiated by Somerset Art Works in partnership with South West Heritage Trust.
During Summer 2019 Somerset Rural Life Museum inspired audiences to engage with rural ceramics through a programme of events focusing on the heritage craft of slipware. The temporary exhibition space featured a display showcasing items from the museum’s important Donyatt slipware collection which were displayed alongside loans from current artists producing imaginative contemporary versions of slipware.
Accompanying the exhibition ceramics artist Emilie Taylor responded to the collection by producing a slipware-based installation which was exhibited in the museum’s historic Tithe Barn during Somerset Art Works Festival.
Emilie uses traditional slipware to interpret and represent post-industrial landscapes and the spaces that sit between urban and rural. She is interested in the vessel or container as a metaphor for how we seek to contain communities and community rituals within British society. For this commission she drew inspiration from the pre Christian ritual symbolizing the end of the Harvest, once common in parts of Somerset, and consider the ‘end of harvest’ in relation to contemporary issues around food production and distribution, wealth and poverty.
Published on May 13, 2019 // Sarah Adey