Inspiration for my Hummingbird Ornament
I was commissioned to create a hummingbird pendant by a mother wishing to commemorate the first anniversary of a brave decision that had transformed her daughter’s life. ‘Hummingbird’ was the nickname she had given her daughter – many years ago – and this little bird was to symbolise the strength, determination and courage that her daughter had shown in her attempts to turn her life around. I felt honoured by the commission but was somewhat nervous about it all the same.
In choosing my subject, the Violet-Crowned Woodnymph hummingbird stood out – and not only for its fabulous name! It’s unusually long, elegant wings and beak length set it apart from other species in its suitability to model in silver. And the bold crown was a feature I felt I could accentuate in order to capture the impact that this incredible bird has in reality. I only fully appreciated the features of the tail when trying to photograph the pendant in the garden and realised that it stands unassisted when balanced on its tail feathers – perfect for an ornament version.
Shortly after I finished modelling it, I had the incredible coincidence of meeting a hummingbird expert at one of my shows. I was amazed (and relieved) when he correctly identified the species. But, to this day, I regret asking him for an honest appraisal of my model. Secretly I think he liked it… I hope you do too.
What my customers say:
“Hello! Just arrived – and it is so beautiful. My new favourite piece. Thank you. I can’t wait to show him off.”
Nicky – Basingstoke, UK (re. Pendant version of the Violet-Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird Ornament)
N.B. This comment is particularly flattering as Nicky is one of my biggest collectors and has most, if not all of my major pieces.