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Untitled (square), 2009. Wood fired indigenous clay. 36 x 36 x 8". Value $5,800. Gift of the artist.
Passport Item: Clay and Light: Jordan Taylor foreword by Garth Clark. The piece appears on p. 61 of the book.
Jordan Taylor was raised Quaker in the Midwestern US, and after undergraduate work at Earlham College, Richmond, IN, he apprenticed for three years with Master Potter Mark Skudlarek. In 2002, he established his own studio in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, based on wood fired, functional ceramics made from indigenous clays and glaze materials. His recent work has included large scale public installations, residential design of earthen walled houses, and citywide charitable events. He is an avid whitewater kayaker and open canoeist and his esthetic sensibilities are informed by fluid dynamics he encounters in immense river rapids, like on the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada, and in the thermodynamics and venture forms of natural draft kilns. Taylor completed his MFA in 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design. There his thesis work investigates Ceramics as a revolutionary act in the form an architecturally scaled public art proposal for Downtown Providence, RI. Taylor is currently an artist in residence at Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago, IL and a regular contributing writer to CFile. To learn more about this artist please visit cfileonline.org.