Sandra Porter is a modernist, abstract artist who creates fascinating and inspiring geometric designs. She specialises in viscosity printing (using different inks that resist each other to layer up colours). She loves drawing grids, grills and stripes and her printing work is inspired by contemporary buildings, trips to art galleries, cathedrals Italian Renaissance artists, travel around the world and other artists, to name but a few.
Sandra has been etching for 22 years and despite having no friends or family that inspired her to come into art, has always wanted to be an artist. She went to art school in Taunton in 1976 and then did an art degree in Plymouth. Finally she completed a Masters art degree in Chelsea and has been printing, teaching and exhibiting ever since.
When asked which was her most most challenging piece to complete to date Sandra replied that is always the one that she is currently working on, though she does have a large print in her studio that she is still working on after 2 years!
Sandra says that everyone can be an artist, but we all have our own style and we just need to find it.
Jo Taylor is a ceramic sculptor who uses porcelain clay to create amazing pieces of art. She uses tools such as; a potter's wheel for round pieces, her fingers for the sculpted pieces and a wetted Chinese brush for smoothing out rough edges.
Jo is the first and only artist in her family and likes to create abstract art that just lets your mind flow, with interpretation up to your imagination and interpretation. Jo became a professional artist in the year 2000 (14 years ago). Jo first learnt to create with clay during an evening class when she was a Policewoman. She then went to Bath Spa University for a teaching degree and finally she did a masters degree at Bath Spa in large art.
Jo finds inspiration in historical architecture, nature and in the most surprising places around her. She is also inspired by artists such as Richard Deacon.
The most challenging piece of work Jo has created to date was a three part sculpture which dripped from the edge of a diving board into a swimming pool. She creates pieces that can be displayed both inside and outside and they are in a variety of sizes.
Jo taught us that clay is like lego problem solving, with lots of pieces you put together in a variety of different ways.
Directions to Barbara Day and Fran Newman-Day
Come out of the studio, turn left and go back down Chevers Lane. On your left you will see North Street. Half way along North Street on the left you will find Brewery Barn. From Brewery Barn continue through the garden, the Chicken Shed is behind the Barn on the left.