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

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

Latest News

New Royal Academy of Engineering Centre Named after Dr John C Taylor OBE

The Royal Academy of Engineering has opened the new Taylor Centre, a space for the Academy’s Enterprise Hub, which supports entrepreneurs, and which is named after one of Britain’s most successful engineers, Dr John C Taylor OBE. Dr Taylor, who is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) made his name creating small electrical components that are vital to many pieces of technology we couldn’t live without. Early electric kettles would not turn off when the water was boiling, meaning that they needed constant supervision and were in danger of melting and starting fires if they were not… read more

Interesting Quotes

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller