Jordan Taylor was raised Quaker in the Midwestern United States, and after undergraduate work at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, apprenticed for three years with Master Potter Mark Skudlarek. In 2002 he established his own studio in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, based on wood fired, functional ceramics made from indigenous clays and glaze materials. His recent work has included large scale public installations, residential design of earthen walled houses, and citywide charitable events. He is an avid whitewater kayaker and open canoeist and his esthetic sensibilities are informed by fluid dynamics he encounters in immense river rapids, like on the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada, and in the thermodynamics and venturi forms of natural draft kilns. Taylor completed his Master of Fine Arts in 2014 at the Rhode Island School of Design. There his thesis work investigates Ceramics as a revolutionary act in the form an an architecturally scaled public art proposal for Downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Taylor is currently an artist in residence at Theaster Gates Studio, Chicago, Illinois and a regular contributing writer to Cfile.