Author: Michael Taylor
Produced by: Lucia Marquand, Seattle
Distributed by: University of Washington
Dimensions: 10 3/4 inch by 9 inch by 1 inch
ABOUT MICHAEL TAYLOR
Michael Taylor is widely-renowned for his cut and laminated glass works, geometric constructions, and fractal abstractions that are inspired by everything from subatomic particles to music. He first used glass while attending a workshop at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. He was struck by the material’s heat and spontaneity, a dynamic opposite from the deliberate and extended processes for firing and shaping ceramics. Taylor was part of the first generation of artists to learn from the founders of the Studio Glass movement. His artistic career has been intertwined with decades as a university professor, including a more than 20-year tenure as a professor in the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. His career in academia made it possible for Taylor to experiment and explore new ideas through his sculpture instead of feeling pressure to repeat popular works for monetary sales. The academic setting also allowed Taylor to continue to explore scientific, philosophical, and artistic ideas.