Celia originally studied Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in 1996. The degree course offered her the chance to experiment with lots of different materials but wire became her most favoured medium.
Celia draws with wire, as others draw with pencil. For her, creating sculptures out of wire is like drawing in three dimensions. Birds are her main inspiration; capturing their movement and character is her primary concern. She finds that wire has a spontaneity that can give her sculptures a feeling of life and energy.
The majority of Celia’s sculptures are of domestic and native British birds. Growing up as a farmer’s daughter has given Celia a passion for the natural environment. A lot of her time is spent drawing and studying the birds, often small wire studies and life-size pieces are made directly in front of the subject.
The materials that Celia uses are mainly sourced from scrap yards, each visit brings new colours and textures which helps to inspire the next creation. The wires may have previously been used for telephone and electrical wiring, or perhaps some rusty fencing found abandoned in a field.