Reviews

"We bought Ella having seen Susie’s post on Instagram. It is always a bit daunting buying something “unseen” but we couldn’t have been more pleased. She is absolutely beautiful! Susie had packaged her very carefully and she arrived safely a few days later."

Lena, West Sussex

"I am delighted with my recent purchase of one of Susie's Torsos from her website. Having to purchase a sculpture without seeing it in person was a bit daunting; however, the pictures and description on the site were accurate and useful, which allowed me to buy the work with confidence. Susie was also quick to respond to my emails to provide more information and process the payment. I was a bit worried about receiving such a delicate object in the post but Susie layered the packaging and used an express service at no cost to me; thus, ensured that the sculpture was delivered to my doorstep fully intact. And the Torso did not disappoint. She is beautiful!"

RB from Berkshire

"I commissioned Susie to make a sculpture of our much loved black lab Moolie for my husband’s 60th birthday. We are over the moon with the result! It is the most perfect rendition of her in clay and we will treasure it forever."

Jess Gale, London

"Late last year our much loved dog died and as she had been so much part of our family life we commissioned a bronze sculpture to remember her by. Susie could only work from photographs and as the details of black dogs are not easy to see in photos it was a particularly difficult task. Nevertheless, Susie completely captured not only the appearance but also the spirit of our Maisie. Throughout the process we were consulted and were able to give our views. The result was absolutely wonderful and will always be treasured. Thank you SO much Susie!"

Pam and Patrick Fleming, East Sussex

"I commissioned Susie to create a mini sculpture of our Norfolk Terrier, Nelson for a Christmas present for my husband. Nelson and I really enjoyed the whole process - from the initial measuring and photography to the consultations and the final result. It is a wonderful likeness and Susie has really captured his pose as he sits with one of his legs slightly bent and one sticking out. It was a great surprise on Christmas Day and we are really pleased with sculpture."

Amy Bell, Hamsey, East Sussex

"We first met Susie at a charity fund-raising event when we bought a lovely ceramic hare’s head which now has pride of place in our dining room.

A few months later, we again met Susie while walking our Labradoodle, Jess, and discovered that she was a near neighbour and took animal commissions. Having expressed our interest, we accepted Susie’s invitation to look at some of her sculptures where she explained the pros and cons of various media and finishes - following which we commissioned a ⅔ life-size bronze of Jess.

From commissioning to delivery took a few months. It included agreeing the size and favoured pose, providing photographs, visits to see the work (and give feedback) as it progressed (from the initial maquettes through to the final stage prior to casting) and finally deciding the final colouring of the bronze. The whole process was very inclusive.

On delivery we could not believe how beautiful and lifelike our new Jess looked; we were stunned.

Being proud owners of two of Susie’s delightful works, and having seen several others, we can unreservedly commend her to other potential commissioners."

Mike & Kate S

"I found Susie by asking for a recommendation for a local sculptor on Facebook. My dog Hector was almost 17 years old and declining in health so I decided to have a sculpture made of him.Susie came to meet Hector to take photos of him at different angles and to see his character. During the clay modelling process I made a couple of visits to Susie’s studio to see the progress of the sculpture and then whenthe sculpture was then ready to go to the foundry Susie very kindly took it over to the bronze foundry in Kent.

Hector was immortalised into bronze and as the sculpture was hollow I decided that some of his ashes would be put inside, when the time came. One month after receiving Hector’s bronze, my best boy was put to sleep. I took Hector’s ashes over to Susie, along with the bronze. She carefully put the ashes into a small voile bag and placed them inside the bronze and sealed the base with green felt.

The whole process of finding Susie, inviting her over to meet Hector and then her being able to create a bronze statue of him, with his ashes inside, has been wonderful."

Kay Hallard, Brighton

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