John C Taylor

My Vision


Art and Design


I’m passionate about art and design and have been a designer and inventor for all of my working life.

In recent years, while building my elliptical country home Arragon Mooar, in the Isle of Man, I have produced bespoke ‘design artworks’, such as the Elliptical Collection that encompasses a full set of bone-white ceramic ware and hand blown glassware. 

The limited edition set of classic white ceramic ware with subtle gold edging combines both traditional skills and cutting edge technology.  Inspired by the high level of craftsmanship and strong British heritage behind the great Josiah Wedgewood, I unearthed long lost pottery skills in commissioning a custom made mould and setter that could incorporate the new and improved design. 

Freed from the limitations of the standard 2½D shape, the result is a bespoke set of elliptical pieces in a revolutionary 3D curved shape.  They are a pleasure to handle and completely unique.

The hand blown glassware is exclusively made in Norfolk.  The stylish set of elliptical glassware is designed to achieve a perfect balance of form and function, and the distinctive elliptical shape is clearly visible when viewed from the side and above.  The compressed oval shape of the water glass is designed to fit a hand’s natural grip to ensure maximum comfort.

I have always applied a ‘nothing is impossible’ approach to design using the best aspects of the past to create innovative products that are built to last. 

If you would like to read the brochure in Chinese please see here.

Interesting Facts

Diamonds are actually unstable at surface temperature and pressure. Every diamond above ground is very, very slowly altering into graphite, another form of pure carbon.

Latest News

One of World’s Greatest Living Inventors Celebrated with Six Postage Stamps

One of the world’s greatest living inventors is to be celebrated with a set of six postage stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office (https://www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/invention-and-innovation-dr-john-c-taylor-obe/), focusing on different areas of his life’s work. Dr John C Taylor OBE (http://www.johnctaylor.com/), 80, who was born in Buxton, Derbyshire and has lived in the Isle of Man for the greater part of his life, spent his career creating safety-critical electrical components and switches that are vital to many pieces of technology we use today, most notably the kettle controls that switch our kettles off when they have boiled, and the 360°… read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt