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.

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.

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!

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.  

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).

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?

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.

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.

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Male Dancer Leaping

Suzy Costello Bronze side view