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Taz is affectionately known as the Punk Potter at her workshop within New River Studios, one of North London’s most alternative music, gig and art spaces.

Taz’s ceramic work is a synergy of sculpture and the vessel. She explores mythological and architectural themes, reframing them in a contemporary context, informed by her landscape design practice. Her love of brutalist and industrial architecture gives weight and presence to the forms she creates, and her fascinations for Neolithic female forms are reinvented to explore contemporary narratives.

She uses gritty stoneware clays that she blends herself to make a clay body that can support the forms as she makes, before texturing, indenting and cutting.

Taz Marsh

Taz is affectionately known as the Punk Potter at her workshop within Newriver Studios, one of North London’s most alternative music, gig and art spaces.


Taz’s ceramic work is a synergy of sculpture and the vessel. She explores mythological and architectural themes, reframing them in a contemporary context, informed by her landscape design practice. Her love of brutalist and industrial architecture gives weight and presence to the forms she creates, and her fascinations for Neolithic female forms are reinvented to explore contemporary narratives.


She uses gritty stoneware clays that she blends herself to make a clay body that can support the forms as she makes, before texturing, indenting and cutting.

Biography

Taz is a product of an alternative 1970s upbringing and a diabolical state education, resulting in an early exit from traditional schooling into art school, armed with rampant dyslexia and the ability to create, design and make.


Experience followed education, as she immersed herself in the archaeological, architectural and cultural history of Iraq – during wartime – and of Greece.


Returning to London in the mid-1980s, she set up her first business Taz Cooks, an events and catering company that specialised in edible sculptures and wacky events for media and the art world. She went on to provide the hospitality for an American art school in Provence, an annual opera festival in Italy, and an art school in Tuscany, where she part-exchanged her skills for studio space and further tuition.


Many years later, Taz realised her days of touring and high-octane theatrical events were drawing to a natural close, and she returned to art school as a mature student, completing a BA in landscape design.


In 1998 she set up her second company, The Pleasure Gardens, designing and building sites for international clients in Switzerland and France.


The Pleasure Gardens was wound down in 2013 when misfortune struck, leaving her with reduced mobility and back in the UK. She found clay, first as a therapy tool, then as her passion. Despite having no formal education in ceramics, she found that her art-school training, degree and professional experiences happily collided with clay.


Taz revels in being a hand builder, pushing the limits of the clay and her physicality to create coils of clay she uses to create her forms. She uses gritty stoneware clays that she often blends to make a clay body that can support the forms as she makes. She adds textures, indenting or cutting out segments from the forms with the same tools (meat cleaver, hammer, sharp knifes) that she used to make edible sculptures. She then uses clay slips, engobes, glazes and metal oxides to enhance her forms, often leaving elements of the clay bodies unadorned to sing in their own right.


She fires high to give structural strength to her work, delighting in the ancient practice of honouring the kiln gods in the hope that the goddess of pottery Athena will bless her work and transformation as a ceramic artist.


Email: thamasin@btinternet.com