althea wynne

This artist accepts commissions

Mediums Used

Though inspired by classical tradition, Althea`s work develops her forms of human figures and animals with a contemporary treatment, using high-fired ceramic with the colour of Cotswold stone.

Sculptures by althea wynne



After leaving College the demands of marriage and bringing up three children precluded the pursuit of a creeer as a sculptor. In due course I became a teacher of Art and History of Art until the relaxing of domestic ties allowed my return to the studio.

Much of my work is in high-fired ceramics with a special interest in large sculpture for gardens and architectural settings, although I am extending my range into larger works. I have made a variety of water-based pieces, a genre in which I am particularly interested; I am helped in the technical aspects by my husband, an engineer.

My work is primarily figurative with bold formalised shapes, usually of female figures, bird or animals, often life-size or larger. These are formed in heavily-grooged clay often left in its naturally fired toasty colour but sometimes coloured with oxides or simple matt glazes. I also work in plaster for casting in metal, resin, or cement, and from time to time experiment with novel materials.

My work is deeply influenced by my love of early classical sculpture, the calm poise and harmony of which I try to emulate. The Greeks also had an understanding of animals from which I draw some of my inspiration, and my equestrian subjects owe much to my love of riding.


Love of Classical Sculpture and the Greeks understanding of animals.

Public Works

1959 Commissioned by London County Council: SWIMMERS, a group of ciment-fondu, one and a half times lifesize for a London school.

Teaching Experience
Teacher of Art and History of Art
Public Acquisitions
1988 Commissioned by London Borough of Hounslow : DOVES RISING, cast in white ciment-fondu to be the centrepiece for the fountain in the Peace Park. 1989 Commissioned by the Prudential property Management: three horses one and a half times lifesie, cast in bronze for MINSTER COURT, then the largest office development in the city of London. 1991 Commissioned b London Docklands Development Corporation : FAMILY OF GOATS, a community sculpture at Rotherhithe. 1993 Commissioned by Salisbury Health Authority : H FOR HOSPITAL, a 6 tonne trilithon of Chilmark stone to mark the entrance to a new hospital. 1994 Commissioned by Cunard Steamship Company : WHITE HORSES, cast fourfold in aluminium resin for the centrepiece of the Caronia restaurant in the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth ll. 1995 Commissioned by Walsall Health Authority : THE FAMILY, a lifesize group in high-fired clay flame-sprayed in bronze for a new maternity hospital. 1999 Commissioned by LendLease Corporation : CHALK COLUMNS, a nine metre high triple obelisk in hard plaster for Bluewater Park.