Pots of pigeons as racers inspire art

Ceramicist: Emilie with pot
Ceramicist: Emilie with pot
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THEY might not be natural bedfellows, fine art and pigeon fancying.

But this Sheffield ceramicist, who spent her childhood weekends bird racing with her dad around the Rivelin Valley, has drawn on this most traditional of sports for her latest work.

Emilie Taylor, of Sharrow, has created two giant ‘pigeon pots’ featuring racers standing at Skye Edge. And they are now to be included in a major new exhibition at the city’s Millennium Gallery.

“My dad, Dorian, was a pigeon racer and kept 200 at our house,” says the 32-year-old, whose studio is at Yorkshire Artspace in Brown Street. “He was part of the Crookes Pigeon Club which met in the basement of Crookes Social Club, and I would go with him every Friday night from the age of about four up to being about 10-years-old.

“My mum worked nights so I would go racing on a weekend too. This is my tribute to him.”

He passed away in 2002, aged 53, just after she’d completed a fine art degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

“He use to take me to the Mappin Art Gallery art club as a child so to be exhibiting in the city’s main museum feels lovely,” she says.

The work goes on view December 15 to June 23 2013 as part of the new exhibition, Forces Of Nature.