“We first met Suzie at a Craft Fair at Hatfield House. We were struck by two things – the originality of her exhibits and how friendly she was. We loved her beautiful leaf dishes and the gorgeous sculpture of a dog. It was so eye catching and lifelike. We bought a leaf dish but couldn’t buy the sculpture – it was, we later found out, to be Jasper – a valued member of her team.
But the thought of having our two madcap dogs as sculptures just wouldn’t leave me. They are lovely looking dogs, and I felt Suzie would do them justice, not as replicas, but I felt she would capture their essence. I felt she knew how to put their characters into a sculpture.
Then she met them and spent time in our garden taking photographs and watching them and she looked at them through her ‘artistic eye’, and from our conversations I knew she had ‘got them’.
She unveiled the sculptures at the Wisley Craft Show. We were very nervous. They are a financial commitment and I so wanted them to be something I would love to look at.
She lifted the cover and I cried. They were our dogs – cheeky, enquiring and beautiful. She had picked expressions that I hadn’t really noticed – but were exactly Beau and Purdy. It surprises me every time I look at either of the sculptures or the actual dogs that she saw that in them – because it is just them.
Every time I walk into the lounge I think I have two extra dogs and they make me smile and I love them and they will be with me for ever, which is wonderful.
She is a very clever, lovely, talented girl, and I wish her all the very best for the future”.
Christine Hounslow and Peter Rosenfeld
Send Suzie an enquiry if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the commission process.