Glass Sculpture 

Materiality of Glass (2018)

Glass Offcast 1
Glass Offcast 1

Suzy Costello Glass Front view

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Glass Offcast 1
Glass Offcast 1

Suzy Costello Glass Front view

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Glass Offcast 1
Glass Offcast 1

Suzy Costello Glass Front view

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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.

Collection of Piwakawaka (2016)

Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello Glass Bird Green

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Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello Glass Birds

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Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello Glass Birds 1

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Suzy Costello glass sculptures
Suzy Costello glass sculptures

Suzy Costello glass and bronze birds

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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.

Glass Torsos (2016)

Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Front View Suzy Costello Glass Sculpture

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Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Back view Suzy Costello Glass sculpture

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Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Side view Suzy Costello Glass sculpture

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Glass Male Torso
Glass Male Torso

Side view Suzy Costello Glass sculpture

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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!

Bronze Sculpture

Bronze Series Paradise Lost (2015-2020)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #1 Bronze sculpture (front view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #1 Bronze sculpture (side view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #1 Bronze sculpture (back view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #2 Bronze sculpture (front view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #2 Bronze sculpture (side view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #2 Bronze sculpture (back view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #3 Bronze sculpture (front view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #3 Bronze sculpture (side view)

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Paradise Lost #3 Bronze sculpture (back view)

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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.  

Bronze Ballet Dancer Series (2015-2018)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze rightside view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

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

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze leftside view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

"Surrender" bronze close up view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

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

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

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

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

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

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

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

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Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze side view

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Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze front view

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Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze Side view

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Male Dancer Leaping
Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze Back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male dancer leaping bronze front view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male ballet dancer leaping bronze rightside view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male dancer leaping bronze back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male dancer leaping bronze leftside view

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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).

Bronze Torso Series (2015-2016)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze front view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze right side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze top view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Female torso bronze side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male torso bronze front view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculptures
Suzy Costello bronze sculptures

Male torso bronze lright side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male torso bronze back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Male torso bronze left side view

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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?

Other Bronze Sculptures (2012-2015)

Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus front view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus right side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Velazquez's Venus bronze left side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze top view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Reclining Man bronze front view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze front view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze left side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa bronze right side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Flying Horse of Kanzu bronze back view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Flying Horse of Kansu bronze side view

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Suzy Costello bronze sculpture
Suzy Costello bronze sculpture

Flying Horse of Kansu bronze front view

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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.

Aluminium Pour (2018)

Aluminium Sculpture

Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium

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Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium

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Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium

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Aluminium Pour 1
Aluminium Pour 1

Suzy Costello Aluminium Top view

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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.

Ceramic Sculpture

Pinched Pots Series (2016)

Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pots raku fired

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pots raku fired

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - front

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - left side

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - back

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 1 - right side

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, front side

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, left side

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, back

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 2, right side

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, front

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, left side

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Suzy Costello ceramic
Suzy Costello ceramic

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, back

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Suzy Costello ceramics
Suzy Costello ceramics

Suzy Costello clay pinched pot 3, right side

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I enjoy making pinched pots. They are simple to create and the feeling of moulding and shaping a pot with air enclosed is a tactile delight. These pinched pots are made from white raku clay and burnished.