Glass Sculpture 

Materiality of Glass (2018)

This glass piece has been made using the wax divested during the mould making process. The wax off cast was further worked on to create a back that would refract light.

Glass Offcast 1
Glass Offcast 1

Suzy Costello Glass Front view

Glass Offcast 1
Glass Offcast 1

Suzy Costello Glass Front view

Glass Offcast 1
Glass Offcast 1

Suzy Costello Glass Front view

Collection of Piwakawaka (2016)

These colourful glass piwakawaka (fantails) began as a piece of styrofoam. Getting a piece to its final glass form is full of processes - first a shape made, mould made, wax worked on, another mould made, cooked in the kiln and then maybe hours, days or weeks of polishing. Glass is just time consuming. But the resulting form’s translucency is so worth it.

Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello Glass Bird Green

Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello Glass Birds

Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello Glass Birds 1

Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello glass and bronze birds

Glass Torsos (2016)

Most people sculpting forms in glass appreciate the importance of simplicity … I realise why now.  Here is the glass male torso. The female is currently being formed ... these will be the only two complex shapes I will ever do in glass!

Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Front View Suzy Costello Glass Sculpture

Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Back view Suzy Costello Glass sculpture

Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Side view Suzy Costello Glass sculpture

Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Side view Suzy Costello Glass sculpture

Bronze Sculpture

Bronze Series Paradise Lost (2015-2020)

This sculpture series is based on photographs from Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn's performance in the 1967 ballet “Paradise Lost”, choreographed by Roland Petit. The sculptures have been rendered in high relief in sympathy to the costuming used in the ballet.  

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #1 Bronze sculpture (front view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #1 Bronze sculpture (side view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #1 Bronze sculpture (back view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #2 Bronze sculpture (front view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #2 Bronze sculpture (side view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #2 Bronze sculpture (back view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #3 Bronze sculpture (front view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #3 Bronze sculpture (side view)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #3 Bronze sculpture (back view)

Bronze Ballet Dancer Series (2015-2018)

Wanting to sculpt the human form, I decided to focus on ballet dancers Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn.  Their athleticism, expressive body language and the intimacy between each other was a joy to capture and model in wax (see their performance in Romeo and Juliet).

Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze front view

Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze Side view

Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze side view

Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze Back view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male dancer leaping bronze front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male ballet dancer leaping bronze rightside view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male dancer leaping bronze back view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male dancer leaping bronze leftside view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze rightside view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze sculpture of Margot Fonteyn in classic ballet pose, leftside view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze leftside view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze close up view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Embrace" bronze ballet dancers Nuryev and Fonteyn in an embrace - front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Embrace" bronze sculpture of Nureyev and Fonteyn, left side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Embrace" bronze sculpture of Nureyev and Fonteyn, side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Embrace" bronze sculpture of Nureyev and Fonteyn, closeup view

Bronze Torso Series (2015-2016)

We don’t all have a dancer's body so I am working on a series of sculptures that reflect the body shapes I see around me … bodies sunken with age, those encased in loose fat folds, ravaged by breast cancer or the subtle nuances of mental illness. As I work on a piece at some point I fall in step with it and an affection develops. This surprised me as I hadn’t expected this response to the torsos. Maybe it is an awareness that each body holds something precious within?

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze right side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze top view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male torso bronze front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculptures
Suzy Costello bronze sculptures

Male torso bronze lright side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male torso bronze back view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male torso bronze left side view

Other Bronze Sculptures (2012-2015)

These are some of my earlier sculptures. Most have been cast in the lost wax method but the Reclining Figure was carved in polyestyrene and sandcast.

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus back view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus right side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus bronze left side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze back view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze top view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze back view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze left side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze right side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Flying Horse of Kansu bronze front view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Flying Horse of Kansu bronze side view

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Flying Horse of Kanzu bronze back view

Aluminium Sculpture

Aluminium Pour (2018)

Studying the Advanced Diploma at The Learning Connexion encouraged me to explore hot metals other than bronze, like aluminium. This allows me to participate in the whole process : melting, pouring and sculpting a piece. The example below was made in three stages.

Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium

Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium

Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium

Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium Top view