Karen Taylor

Starting in 1996, my education in the ceramic arts was unique and exciting. After two years of independent study, I apprenticed for 4 years with Manitoba masters of wood-fired pottery, David Krindle, Alan Lacovetsky and Kirk Creed. Being excellent teachers of this age-old craft, they set me on the path for an artistic career rich in experience and knowledge.

I have studied and practiced in Manitoba, the Maritimes, Ireland and Great Britain. In 2005/6 I was artist-in-residence at the St. Norbert Arts Centre. Since 2009, I have maintained my own studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba's beautiful and historic North End.

During my career as a self-employed artist, I have set up various studios, built various raku and wood-burning kilns, sold work in many venues, coordinated/promoted many exhibitions and  ran high-end, fine-craft markets. Currently, I continue to create a line of fine porcelain tableware and sculpture. I am continually inspired by the ultimate pliable of ceramic material and myriad of forms it can take.

Over the years, I have taught many people, of many ages and walks of life. I have helped them to discover various methods of creating with clay, as well as many technical aspects, such as, making glazes, and building kilns. Since January of 2016, I have been an instructor of private and semi-private classes in my studio.

My work has been taken all over the world, and can be found in the homes of many celebrities, like, among others, Ashley CallingBull, Al Simmons, Fred Penner, and Stuart Mclean. I have received large commissions from organizations like The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Steve Bell and Signpost Studios,  Neechi Commons and The Aboriginal Commission for Mining and Minerals. In the spring of 2016, one of my sculptures was accepted in the 2016 Manitoba Craft Council's juried exhibition, 'Best', featuring the best in Manitoba's fine, contemporary craft. In 2015, The Manitoba Arts and Cultural Network chose one of my works for a special, province-wide touring exhibition. 

In 2011, I filled the role of artistic director/technician for the animation short, 'The History of Stand-Up Comedy'. Written and directed by Winnipeg film maker, Neil McArthur, this Claymation film was accepted to The Montreal World Film Festival. For this project, I designed and created characters, set pieces and architectural back-drops. In September of 2015, McArthur, now the Director for the Centre of Ethics at the University of Manitoba, sent another commission-to create life-size busts for his new stage play, "Let Me Freeze Your Head". This project continues to tour and many globally and always receives top reviews and high acclaim.

One never stops learning. As an artist, I am joyful in the challenge of new mediums and ideas, and believe it is a privilege to share my skills and my work.