About the Potter
Patrick Taylor operates Taylor Pottery in Highlands, North Carolina, where he produces functional stoneware and whimsical animal jugs. He has been involved in studio pottery and sculpture for thirty years and has been a juried member of the former Georgia Designer Craftsman and the Georgia Mountain Crafts Associations. He is currently a featured potter at Smitten, Highlands, NC, Buck's Coffee Cafe, Cashiers, NC, and Hambidge, Rabun Gap, GA. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Taylor was the founding Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Kennesaw State University. He retired from Kennesaw in 1999, after seventeen years of service. Subsequent to moving to North Carolina, he was a professor and the Chair of the Art Department at Piedmont College where he taught ceramics, sculpture and art education. Taylor’s work is in numerous private and corporate collections including King and Spalding Law Firm of Atlanta. He was instrumental in establishing the ceramics program at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC, and served as the first potter in residence. For the past several years, he has been studying pottery and ceramic artists of the Appalachian region. His article in Clay Times Magazine featured the wood firing technique of Sid Luck, a well known 5th generation potter from North Carolina. He also co-curated and wrote the exhibition catalogue for Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain, a Fifty Year Retrospective, The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, 2016. His married to his wife, Sallie, of 40 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.