“That spontaneity and never knowing exactly what the result is going to be—I think that’s true in all kinds of pottery but especially with raku—you just cannot have total control.”
Winston Taylor works from his home ceramics studio in Russellville, Arkansas, and teaches at the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, where he founded the center’s first pottery program. He discovered his love of working with clay in the early 1970s as a student at the University of Arkansas (Little Rock). “It was as if it touched me and the potential for expression has entranced me ever since.” Taylor, who owned a body shop for nine years, said his work is heavily influenced by his mechanical background. He often combines wheel-thrown forms with hand-built tops influenced by architectural, mechanical and geometric forms. Taylor uses a variety of techniques to create his forms, such as raku, saggar, pit firing and stone polishing.