A toast to Taylor ceramics
April 16, 2018
In a continuing celebration of our roots, we’re bringing back more of our Taylor ceramic patterns. Through May 13, you can order any of the 20 patterns in the collection in 10 servingware silhouettes.
Taylor is a fresh approach to color and pattern. The collection’s colors are truly a rainbow of hues; the patterns include everything from stripes to polka dots to squiggles and scallops. Taylor pieces mix and match with each other, and they work with other MacKenzie-Childs patterns as well. Try Taylor with Courtly Check Enamel Dinnerware, and you’ll see an eclectic combination that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.
Taylor has a special place in our history and in our hearts. Taylor is how we got our start, after all. We started painting it in the late 1980s, and it’s evolved over time. Some patterns were retired, and a few new ones were created.
Most Taylor patterns are named for people and places that are a part of our heritage. There’s Fran (playful orange flowers on a field of sky-blue polka dots), named for one of our first potters, and King Ferry (cherry-red tulips with blue squiggles and scallops), named for a nearby village.
Taylor is handcrafted in Aurora, New York, and from start to finish, at least ten people touch every piece. Each piece of Taylor is unique, and you can see the artisans’ hands reflected in the natural variations in depth of color and in brushstrokes.
We spoke with two of our decorators, who together have been with the company for more than 50 years, about painting Taylor. Lead decorator Tish Gibson has worked at MacKenzie-Childs for more than 25 years; decorator Eileen Winters has been here 32 years.
Tish and Eileen know the Taylor patterns by heart and paint them freehand. Their favorite patterns?
Eileen is partial to the first one that she learned: Keukenhof. Named for one of the world’s largest flower gardens in Lisse, Netherlands, it features a diagonal field of “splots,” which are bigger dots, and a bold squiggle in red, orange, and yellow that’s atop a field of aqua polka dots.
Tish likes Myrtle. It features daisy-like flowers, green and white checks, and wide stripes in yellow and blue. Its name was inspired by the floral-print apron of an Irish lass named Myrtle, who reminded everyone about the importance of kindness with her graceful hospitality.
They both enjoy painting Poplar Ridge. It’s named for another nearby location, which offers a spectacular view of Cayuga Lake from a hilltop just above Aurora. Tish and Eileen say that Poplar Ridge challenges them as artists. The pattern features more than a dozen different colors in a design that mixes harlequin diamonds with red tulips. “I love doing it,” says Eileen. “It’s a bigger palette of colors.”
We think that you’ll love Taylor too. If you collect Taylor, it’s the perfect time to add a unique piece that might be available for the very first time, or you can replace an heirloom that you thought was lost forever. If you’re new to Taylor, we invite you to go back to our roots and discover something that’s special and sentimental. Every piece of Taylor is a work of art that turns everyday ordinary into extraordinary.