Ruby Taylor

Basketry & Wild Pottery

My practice, working with plant fibres and clay, is concerned with origins and connection, with the beauty of natural materials and an immersion in the sensory experience of making. I’m fascinated by vessel forms and the space they hold within. I’m in my element with the challenge of working outdoors with foraged materials.

I’ve been a maker since I was knee-high, and have looked to the natural world for inspiration and a sense of connection for as long as I can remember.

My work is also informed by having lived and worked in remote areas of Sudan and Ethiopia, and by extended periods of silent contemplative practice close to nature.

With a BA Hons in 3-Dimensional Craft (majoring in ceramics), Ruby subsequently trained as an Art & Design teacher and taught at secondary school level. Later developing her work with a Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts, Ruby went on to receive formal basketry training in London and with a number of local basketmakers. Since 2009, she has been an archaeological team member, teaching ancient craft & technology to all ages, and constructing prehistoric-style dwellings.