Bronze sculptor Gilly Thomas has always lived in and loved the countryside. As a horse owner herself, she finds their character, shape and grace simply remarkable. Having studied sculpture later in life, she now produces exquisite one of a kind pieces for the country home.
Gilly has spent her life in the country and now proudly designs and makes bronze sculptures for those with a similar interest to herself. The fluid movement of an animal is what inspires her. The aim is to try to simplify the shape to give less detail but to maintain and enhance the recognition of pure beauty. Every piece is entirely unique, therefore a Limited Edition masterpiece.
“I work with bronze as the end product fills me with such pride. The feel, the weight, the result. There is nothing like it.” As her collection grew, she felt the need to design a bespoke studio and gallery to showcase her creations. An empty stable was converted into a luxury gallery next to her studio, in which she could position the finished pieces.
Gilly understands that it isn’t just stately homes which appreciate beautiful craftsmanship, but those in smaller homes as well hence the smaller size in which they are made. “I make the smaller range for the people who do not have the room to place a large sculpture. We should all be able to appreciate bronze work”
Gilly’s range currently comprises three women’s portraits depicting various emotions, as well as covey of grouse, horse heads, sitting hares and swimming salmon. Her first creations were three female portraits and the horse heads, before she moved onto other great animals of the rural life.
The process itself is a timely one, with a horse head taking approximately 2-3 months. “With any 3D piece you have to see it from all angles, live with it and look at it in all lights, it is a long process. The making of the wax and bronze casting easily takes another 6 weeks!”
The very last process is the Patination, a process of applying chemicals to the cast bronze to achieve the desired patina. The patinas range in colour from rich browns to more subtle greys, blues and greens. Once the desired colour has been applied, it is sealed with wax to prolong and preserve its beauty, giving the finished sculpture a beautiful finish. “This aspect still fills me with such a joy,” Gilly states.
Gilly has just finished three individual bronze Norfolk Terriers (pictured right) for a client and while she is yet to commission a horse portrait, she is keen to do so. “I particularly love creating horses – I love their movement and expression. I have two (real ones!) in the field.”
Gilly’s bespoke collection really would make the ultimate Christmas, Birthday, Wedding or Anniversary gift. A real once in a lifetime piece, to be treasured by all and to withstand the test of time.
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