For this year’s Somerset Art Weeks Festival, 21 September – 6 October, ceramicist Emilie Taylor will be presenting an exciting ceramic slipware based installation in Somerset Rural Life Museum’s beautiful and historic Abbey Barn in Glastonbury. The artwork is in response to the distinctive Donyatt slipware; a collection of pieces are currently on display in the Museum’s ‘The Art of the Potter’ exhibition.

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, and considers this in relation to contemporary issues around food production and distribution, wealth and poverty. She will draw on 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.


In a recent interview with Emilie, Professor Simon Olding, Director, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts said:

“Her new vessels will tell us something about her as an artist as well as something about Glastonbury and storied ceramic history. They will be responsible guardians of the barn, messaging rural reality, offering through her own imagined female characters a folkloric and contemporary narrative.”

Somerset Rural Life Museum
Somerset Art Weeks Festival – Saturday 21 September to Sunday 6 October
‘The Art of the Potter’ exhibition is open until Saturday 9 November
Opening times:
10.00am to 5.00pm
Free as part of entry to the museum

For further information please contact:
Sarah Adey: [email protected]

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Notes to Editors

About Somerset Art Works (SAW)
Somerset Art Works is part of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of funded organisations for 2018-2022.
As Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts, SAW initiates a wide range of projects in a variety of settings, working in partnership with other arts and non-arts organisations. SAW works to increase public engagement, weaving together communities and raising the profile of the vibrant contemporary visual, digital and applied arts in Somerset.

Twitter: @SAW_Somerset Instagram: @somerset_art_works Facebook:  #somersetartworks

Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019
This year, Somerset Art Works will be celebrating 25 years of Somerset Art Weeks and the founding of the organisation.
Alternating biennially with Somerset Open Studios, Somerset Art Weeks Festival features a diverse programme of inspiring exhibitions, events and workshops in over 130 locations across Somerset, alongside exciting new commissions, group shows and education projects involving over 300 artists. Explore a great showcase of contemporary art and craft in all media.

Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury
Situated just below Glastonbury Tor the Museum is a unique heritage attraction on the site of the former Abbey Farm. Here you can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage. The farmhouse and former farm buildings are home to a series of galleries and exhibition spaces. Outside spaces, including in the farmyard and orchard, offer interpretation and family trails. The magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn is one of the West Country’s finest buildings and the centrepiece of the site. With the Museum Unlimited annual pass visitors pay once and visit for a whole year free of charge.

Twitter: @SomersetRLM Instagram: @somersetrurallifemuseum Facebook: @SomersetRLM  #SRLM

Published on September 3, 2019 // Sarah Adey