Elmer Taylor conducting class demonstration at the University of North Texasge Elmer Taylor conducting a class demonstration at the University of North Texas

Regents Professor Elmer Taylor: A Retrospective

"Welcome to My World, 1972 - 2012"

Oct 9, 2012 - Nov 10, 2012

Presented in the CVAD tradition to honor Regents Professors

Opening Reception, Thursday 10/11, 5-7 pm

Artist's BBQ Reception, Saturday 10/13, 5-9 pm, with remarks at 6:30

  • Wood fired ceramic lidded jar with blue and brown salt glaze by Elmer Taylor.
  • Wood fired ceramic bottle with earth-toned salt glaze by Elmer Taylor.
  • Wood fired ceramic pitcher with red and white salt glaze by Elmer Taylor.
  • Wood fired ceramic mug with green and pink salt glaze by Elmer Taylor.
  • Wood fired ceramic lidded jar with earth toned salt glaze by Elmer Taylor.
  • Wood fired ceramic bottle with pink salt glaze and brush design by Elmer Taylor.
  • Regents Professor Elmer Taylor: A Retrospective, Fall 2012, UNTAG, NW
  • Regents Professor Elmer Taylor: A Retrospective, Fall 2012, UNT Art Gallery, Vie

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION

In his 38th year at the University of North Texas, Regents Professor of Art Elmer Taylor shares in this exhibition four decades of pottery and other elements that tell the story of form. The show concentrates on selected ceramic pieces from 2010-2012 that meet Taylor’s exacting standards in melding the inherent qualities of clay and glaze with the craftsman’s skill. Historical pieces chronicle influences on and references for Taylor’s decades-long practice, including collected pottery, 1940s-era handmade Japanese furniture, photographs, and memorabilia. For Taylor, from the neon in his hometown city of Los Angeles, to his experience pheasant hunting in Nebraska and his love of writing with a fountain pen, his pots need to reflect who he is and what he has experienced. Early, during his apprenticeship in England with Master Potter Michael Leach, Taylor learned to set a standard to meet each day in the studio—a practice he has imparted to thousands of students at UNT and continues to demonstrate today.

ARTIST

Elmer Taylor began his teaching career at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1972, following his apprenticeship with Master Potter Michael Leach in England. He joined the faculty at UNT in 1974 and became a Regents Professor in 2003. Taylor designs his pottery “to satisfy the needs of kitchen and table,” continually refining a specifically finite set of forms for daily use. He strives to honor the potters who have come before him and inspire those who will come after him.  Taylor exhibits his work and conducts lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in numerous publications and public collections, including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the American Heritage Collection at Arizona State University, Tempe; and the university collections at Utah State University, Idaho State University, and the University of North Texas, among others. Taylor earned his MFA from Arizona State University. He maintains studios in Denton, at the University of North Texas, and in Ketchum, Idaho.

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