Celia Smith studied at Wimbledon School of Art where she gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture.
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. She aims to capture not only their shape but also their movement and character. A lot of time is spent drawing and studying the birds and often, small wire studies and life-size pieces are made directly in front of the subject.
Growing up as a farmer's daughter has given Celia a passion for the natural environment. To get 'close to her subject' Celia spends time away from her Bath based studio in beautiful and inspiring rural locations - these range from studying migratory Whooper swans in Norfolk to creating Greylag Geese in the Shetland islands.
Her sculptures are also very eco friendly - 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. Her beautiful forms are constructed out of wires, which may have previously been used for telephone and electrical wiring, or perhaps some rusty fencing found abandoned in a field.
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
Twenty Twenty Gallery, Much Wenlock
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
Workshops & Residencies
Artist in Residence, Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucestershire
Arts & Kids Project with Merlin Theatre and Black Swan Arts
Artist in Residence, Shetland Islands