Katya Taylor is a 22 years old graduate from De Montfort University (First Class Honours degree) in Design Crafts (BA), specialising in ceramics. A recent exhibitor at New Designers, she is also returning to DMU for the next academic year after being offered an Artist in Residence position.
“I have just graduated from De Montfort University, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Design Crafts (BA), specialising in ceramics. I will be returning to DMU for the next academic year as an Artist in Residence to set up my own business and sell my work.
I became fascinated by my neighbour’s house after my family were given the keys when he sadly passed away last year. Having always had an interest in structures, dwellings and domesticity, looking around the property was very exciting. I had lived next to this man my entire life, yet knew very little about him and it really gave me an insight into his ‘world’. The house looked as though it hadn’t been redecorated since he first moved-in in 1957, and my ceramic pieces aim to capture this sense of nostalgia, familiarity and sentiment. I wanted to convey the sadness I felt at the thought of this space being renovated and transformed, from a ‘home’ into a ‘house’, leaving no impression of the life that had been. I created this series of work based on the items I found in his home.”
“The series was shown at my degree show and New Designers (part one) and I have since been given the opportunity to exhibit at Lustre in November, PRESS of Primrose Hill in December, The Big Art Show next July and The Zetter Hotel next year (TBC). I hope to develop a more commercial range of work that would include functional objects such as mugs, plates and bowls.”