Wendy Bristow is a Sculptor and Artist specialising in stone carving and clay modelling.
As well as creating my own pieces, I undertake commissions. Head and figure portraits are first created in clay, and then can be fired and glazed or cast in bronze. If you are interested in commissioning a piece Click on “contact the Artist” below
Sculptures by wendy bristow
Wendy Bristow`s Biography
When I left school I attended Plymouth College of Art to do a Foundation Course and on completion was unsure what direction to take. It seemed important that I taste a little of life’s reality before launching in to creating artistic representations of the world around me. Over 20 years later, whilst working as a Nursing Sister I was given the opportunity to return to my artistic pursuits by the NHS unwittingly when as part of a reconfiguration process in 2006, it became clear to me that I did not wish to be reconfigured within the philosophy of health care at that time.
I took up life drawing; clay modelling; silversmithing and a little later stone carving, which all helped to unearth and renew my artistic vision. I loved the idea of combining materials and stone carving in particular seemed to be the avenue through which I could ‘convey a message’ whilst sometimes providing a degree of functional use to a piece. Furthermore, the concept of carving something unique and meaningful from a stone millions of years old seems quite remarkable.
It has been fascinating to rediscover my creative brain and to learn stonemasonry techniques via various courses run by Maria. I now have stone carving qualifications in ABC Levels 1 and 2; OCNW Level 1; Ascentis Level 2 in Architectural Detail and Ascentis Levels 1 and 2 in Sculpture (Wood, Stone and Clay).
In addition, I have nearly completed a 2 year post-graduate course in Integrative Medicine that incorporates the positive value of elements such as creativity on our health, happiness and well-being. All in all I feel I have gone full circle learning the significance of integrating my love of the arts with a world too readily monopolised by science.