Michelle Hall Bronze diving Otter: I wanted to depict an Otter diving into the water, focusing on the task of seeking out prey. The stand is made from stainless steel, it reflects the light in the surrounding space so that the main focus remains on the sculpture itself.
Growing up in Somerset with an artistic family background, I soon developed my own artistic identity shaped by my love of animals and the countryside.
My work begins through a process of photography, drawing from life and making experimental maquettes. I construct my original sculptures using traditional materials such as clay, wax, plaster and often incorporate found objects. A mould is made from my original and my finished pieces are made from ceramics, bronze and bronze resin.
Through my sculptural practice I seek to celebrate natural forms, capturing the vitality, essence and presence of the creatures I depict; a tangible glimpse of the natural world.I hope to covey the importance of the relationship between animals, humans and the environment.I previously worked in a bronze casting foundry, where I developed a range of sculptures. Recently I have focused on producing a body of work in ceramics, which I cast and fire myself. I am also concentrating on creating some larger scale sculptures in bronze resin.