Sally Taylor moved to Mansfield with her husband Phil and three young children in 1986 from Warrandyte. Her mother Marjorie was a keen potter and after her 3 daughters were old enough to relinquish their playroom, it became her studio and Marj returned to her pottery. She attended the Warrandyte Arts Association and eventually became their teacher. Consequently, Sally’s weekends and school holidays were spent “playing with clay”.
While raising children and nursing part time, Sally’s interest in pottery and art expression in various forms never waned. She has enjoyed working with Anne Ferguson Durkin and produced several ceramic relief murals including one of a mountain cattlemen hut that is displayed on a wall in the centre of Mansfield.
Never having had any formal training, at home Sally also enjoys various modes of creativity, such as, mosaic work, making paper and patchwork using recycled fabrics. She loves combining her gardening with her pottery, using handbuilding techniques and terracotta. Now nearly retired, she enjoys trying out different clays and experimenting with interesting glazes. A far cry from when her mother had to dig her own clay and make her glazes from scratch.
Currently she is attending ceramics weekly with Di Kilford and is also working with her daughter Emily, setting up a studio in an old woolshed. To create a space to produce all sorts of things!!