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Elmer Taylor

Biography to Display: 

1947Born Los Angeles, California

2016 Died Ketchum, Idaho


1969BFA Ceramics and Crafts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

1971MFA Ceramics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


1971-1972Apprenticeship with Michael Leach, Yelland Pottery, North Devon, England

1986-1987Artist-in-Residence, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun Valley, Idaho


1972-1974Instructor of Art, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia

1974-2003Professor of Art, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

2003-2014Regents Professor of Art, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas


Elmer Taylor is known for wheel-thrown functional stoneware pottery frequently altered in the leather-hard stage. Sides are altered to create asymmetrical forms.

Using bamboo brushes, Taylor added minimal line abstract patterning and motifs. The work was fired using a gas assisted wood kiln. 


Public Collections to Display: 

American Heritage Collection, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Bee County College, Beeville, Texas

Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, Texas

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Kearney State College, Kearney, Nebraska

Lincoln Collection of Contemporary Ceramics, Scottsdale, Arizona

McClennan Community College, Waco, Texas

Mercer University, Fine Arts Collection, Macon, Georgia

Mountain Bell Telephone, Grand Junction, Colorado

North Texas State University, Denton, Texas

Powers Southeast Crafts Collection, Newnan, Georgia

St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, Florida

Tarrant County Community College, Arlington, Texas

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, Texas

Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs, Wyoming


Bibliography to Display: 

Hall, Sherman. “Interview with Elmer Taylor.” Ceramics Monthly (September 1999).

Taylor, Elmer. “An Apprenticeship in England.” Ceramics Monthly (January 1973).

Zdrazil, David. “A Hybrid Kiln by Hybrid Surfaces.” Ceramics Monthly (June 2006).



Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Lauren Smith Collection
Photo: TMP
The Lauren Smith Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 20, 2023.