About Judith Porch
My interest in calligraphy began at an early age when I remember creating flourished letters aged just seven. I have a lifelong love of drawing, portraiture and botanical art which I enjoy combining with my lettering.
After completing an Art Foundation Course in Swansea in 1986 I went on to study Calligraphy, Heraldry and Illumination at Reigate School of Art and Design. Since my return to Swansea in 1989 I have been completing private commissions and have over twenty-five years experience of teaching Calligraphy for the City & County of Swansea Lifelong Learning Service.
Over the past five years I have exhibited my work in two national exhibitions with the Calligraphy Lettering Arts Society (CLAS). The first “All that Glisters” opened at the Oxo Gallery, London and travelled on to Sunderland and Bath whilst “Writing on the Edge” was held at Foyles Bookstore in London.
I have completed the Advanced Training Scheme run by the Society of Scribes & Illuminators (SSI) and my final exhibition took place in London at the SSI Lay Members Day in April 2015.
Attending The Advanced Training Scheme (ATS) has helped me to discover my own calligraphic voice which has an emphasis on three-dimensional work using exciting materials and surfaces. My work relies strongly on my formal training and in 2014 I won the ‘Most Innovative’ category at the annual CLAS Art and the Letter Exhibition.
I am a founder member and Workshop Co-ordinator for the South Wales Scribes sourcing tutors nationally to teach our group. I encourage my students to participate in order to develop their skills and broaden their outlook of calligraphy.
I am proactive within the calligraphic community and currently hold two posts within the SSI. I sit on the Educational Board as the Masterclass Organiser as well as being the Social Media Co-ordinator.