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Jill Guillemin's Animal Sculptures - HARES & PIGS

Hello, I’m Jill Guillemin and I have been sculpting and playing with clay for 30 years. I just love the medium as it can be made into just about anything you can imagine. Over the years I have followed my heart with my love of animals and birds, so they are my main focus for my clay sculptures. A couple of years ago I made a series of Godwits and Dotterels to raise awareness of their fragility in our changing world. While last year just for the fun of it, I made eleven Hares, each with its own personality, sometimes clothed and others in the raw so to speak. Just hot out of the kiln are six sweet pigs, and of course they are all smiling, as pigs do!! We always need a lot more smiles and hopefully they will bring a smile or two to others too. Sometimes I have diverted from animals and to make old style houses instead. These can be used as bird feeders. I am about to embark on a new progression of that idea, so this is still very much a work in progress, so watch this space! I also really enjoy helping others to create their own sculptures. Over several years I have run classes for both children and adults, including a four-year stint teaching with the Auckland City Mission as part of their outreach programme. The hidden talent there was huge, and it was a wonderful opportunity to help the students see their potential.