This beautiful swan is packed with all the details and character of my life-sized sculptures, but in a much more shelf friendly size!
He stands at around 24cm tall and I have painstakingly made all of his feathers and features from stainless steel wire. The finishing touch is his beautiful copper wire beak.
Everyone of my sculptures is hand-made by me in my West Sussex studio. I don’t use any patterns, but prefer to work freehand from reference photos. Each piece starts out as simple wire strands, which I gradually build into a bird or animal, and I know when I am on the right lines, when the creatures character starts to come through.
Hi I’m Gill and I have a love of nature and a need to create. I originally honed my wire skills over many years making jewellery and tiaras, but I had a yearning to make larger more expressive pieces, that importantly had a life of their own.
I work in my Sussex based studio, using mainly stainless steel wire straight from the roll and this means that my sculptures are suitable for both indoors and out. With the outdoor pieces in particular I like to make larger, life-sized pieces and this led to my learning to weld in order to create a support framework. A bit of a change from my tiara days!
I take each sculpture through a creative process, which inevitably leads to a stage where I’m unhappy with my progress. Fortunately, this is usually closely followed by a breakthrough, when a spark of life takes hold of the piece, and a new creature is born!
As well as the pieces you see here in my shop, I also take on commission work and I’d be happy to discuss your requirements. You can email me directly at [email protected]