Location

Westport, MO

Ireland

About the Artist

Suzie Sullivan's lifelong passion for craft work began as a child in Cheshire in the UK, with stitching, knitting and crocheting. Throughout her life she has always had hobby projects on the go but could only have dreamt where it would lead. She has always had a fascination for Ireland and all things Irish and moved to Mayo in 2001 with her husband Steve. She loves what Ireland has to offer - music, culture and the wide open spaces - and all of this is reflected in her work. She is now known throughout Ireland and beyond for her work in fibre art, especially felt and silk paper making. She has achieved several RDS national craft awards and has had her work exhibited in solo, collaboration and group exhibitions. She has also shared her knowledge by giving innovative workshops in a wide range of craft skills from her studio. Suzie is a self-taught artist and embraces the challenge of working with new materials and disciplines such as flame worked glass, polymer clay, wire, bead and copper work.

Website

https://www.derryauncrafts.com

2021 Exhibition Images

Pookas

Pookas

13 x 8"

Premo clay, glass, silver leaf

This sculpture was inspired by ancient Irish folklore. A Pooka is a shapeshifter and can take any form it chooses. Usually, it is seen in the form of a horse, dog, hare, goat or a bird, they have the power of human speech and often make great sport by embellishing the truth. Pookas are the most feared Faerie in Ireland, possibly because they only appear at night-time and enjoy creating havoc and mischief.

Standing at 13 x 8 inches this sculpture was made with Premo clay, built around a wire armature, using various canes, glass eyes and silver leaf.

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Three Dimensional Work

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 Sculpture of a rabbit wearing clothing and holding a bird and a flower and sitting on a mushroom with leaves and birds around its base

Ayana

Ayana

4.5" high

Premo clay, glass jar, pearls

Inspired and fascinated by nature's symmetry and structure, I built this exotic flower around a small glass jar. Using Premo clay l applied simple manipulated bull's eye canes and handmade shapes. The process was like designing a 3D jigsaw puzzle, where all the shapes had to fit together in a precise symmetrical way. The piece stands at 4.5 inches high with a removable pine-cone stopper, making a perfect place to store small treasures.

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Containers

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Vessel covered with raise blue-green leaf shapes edged in gold and salmon-colored seed shapes

Clew Bay Nightfall

Clew Bay Nightfall

13 x 8"

Premo clay, mica powders

This is my interpretation of the evening sky over our local coastline, the mountain featured is called Croagh Patrick and is an important site of pilgrimage where St Patrick is believed to have fasted for 40 days in 441.

I used Premo clay, mica powders and subtle cane work on the crow. The sky and sea are made from 'stretched' mokume-gane, a technique learned from Philip Wiegard.

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Two Dimensional Work

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 Sillouetted crow on a grass-covered mound set against a lake, shoreline, mountains, and sunset

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2020 Exhibition Images

Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

This s a decorative/functional sculptural work that is an expression of my love for all things whimsical and my fascination with children's toys and illustrated books circa 1900. The work is intended not only to raise a smile, but to reawaken in the observer childhood memories of the private world of books, nursery rhymes and poems. The little bowls are intended to hold small items of jewellery.

Size 6 x 7 x 6 inches Materials – polymer clay and wire

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April Fool

April Fool

This is a decorative/functional sculptural work that is an expression of my love for all things whimsical and my fascination with children's toys and illustrated books circa 1900. The work is intended not only to raise a smile, but to reawaken in the observer childhood memories of the private world of books, nursery rhymes and poems. The little bowls are intended to hold small items of jewellery.

Size 8 x 7 x 6 inches Materials – polymer clay and wire

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Twilight

Twilight

This s a decorative/functional sculptural work that is an expression of my love for all things whimsical and my fascination with children's toys and illustrated books circa 1900. The work is intended not only to raise a smile, but to reawaken in the observer childhood memories of the private world of books, nursery rhymes and poems. The little bowls are intended to hold small items of jewellery. Size 8 x 7 x 7 inches Materials – polymer clay and wire

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Three Dimensional Work

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