“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