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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

William Howson Taylor

Born: 1876, UK   Died: 1935

Ceramicist. William was the son of Edward Richard Taylor, the headmaster of Birmingham School of Art and founder of the Ruskin Pottery at Smethwick, Birmingham. After his father’s death William took over operation of the pottery. The pottery was in operation from 1898-1935, though its reputation was most noted in the pre-war period, specialising in art pottery inspired by oriental ceramics of the Sung and Ming dynasties.

The pottery became renowned for its use of unusually coloured glazes with mottled or flambé or lustre effects, which were used mainly on porcelain. Like many of his contemporaries, Taylor kept his glaze recipes a closely guarded secret, and these were lost when he burned all of his notes before his death.

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Vase] C924 Ceramics