Published on May 24th, 2017 | by TLV News0
Local Artist Lowdown: Taylor Mauer
Artistic Style: I make low fired functional pottery. I throw pieces on the wheel and pinch the pieces when they are still wet to create a rhythmic mark.
Hometown: Rome, Georgia
How long have you lived in Oxford? Seven years
Early art experience: I took after-school art classes as a child and was always involved in art classes through school. I never threw on a potter’s wheel until my sophomore year of college, however, and once I did I was hooked.
Favorite visual artists: Currently, Tom Bartel and Giselle Hicks
Art school? I graduated from Ole Miss with my BFA in ceramics.
Favorite book or author: M Train by Patti Smith
Favorite quotation: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose”- Dolly Parton
Do you work out of a studio? I have a small studio in my house.
How many hours to you spend in your studio each day? I try to work at least two hours four days a week.
Most productive hours? When I wake up
Favorite project you’ve completed: I did a short-term artist residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana this February. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had—one whole month of no responsibility but to make pottery around other awesome artists.
Three ideas you want to explore in art: form vs function, pace, and using clay for food storage
Where can we see some of your art on display? I’m currently not on display in Oxford but you can follow my instagram @mauerceramics.
Do you have a “day job”? If so, where? I’m a bartender at Saint Leo.
Favorite music/bands: Dolly Parton, Father John Misty, Shovels and Rope
What are some of your other hobbies? I like to do home improvement projects around my house and I also make woven wall hangings using a lap loom in my spare time when I’m relaxing.
Where do you hang out in Oxford? My back porch with my dog Banjo, work, and City Grocery.
Aspirations: I would love to stay in Oxford or Water Valley and have a small studio/gallery—a place I could go to make work and also sell my work and the work of other local artists.