Taylor Made

Pat Taylor

Rumors that Pat Taylor Pottery has gone out of business are greatly exaggerated. 

He happily reports that when he isn’t up to his elbows in town business as Mayor of Highlands, he’s up to his elbows in clay. 

You’ll have the chance to see the superb result.  His latest series of animal jugs will be featured at Smitten’s Third Thursday.  All your old favs will be there – foxes, bears, and dogs, along with platters, serving bowls, large vessels, and composite pieces in a style that is uniquely Taylor.

Being a town officer and fine craftsman go hand in hand.  

“One passion is working in solitude in the studio and the other is working with people in service to Highlands,” he says. “Making pottery is a way of changing gears and recharging my batteries.  I try to get to the office and do most of the meetings in the morning, reserving late afternoon to work in my studio.” 

He adds with a grin, “It doesn’t always work out.”

Taylor points out there is also an aesthetic tie-in to both his occupations. 

“Just as I strive to make a beautiful pot, I try to bring visual appeal to the town…by keeping it clean and attractive to tourists,” he says. “People who visit want a unique experience in a beautiful hometown environment.” 

In a way, the potter’s hands are lovingly turning Highlands.

Taylor shares a home and studio with his wife Sallie, also a fine artist.  Together they serve as each other’s best critics and supporters. 

For Taylor Studio appointments, call (828) 506-3138.  

Enjoy the full Taylor experience at Smitten’s Third Thursday, August 17 from 5:30 until 7:00 P.M. when he has to excuse himself to go strike the gavel, opening a monthly Town Board Meeting. But you can stay later.  Doors remain open ‘til the chickens roost and the cows come home. Smitten’s address is 468 Main Street in downtown Highlands. Call for hours of operation (828) 526-9300.