Sallie Wakley was born in Surrey in 1967 but grew up in the West Country. She had an idyllic childhood, which nurtured her love of the countryside and her passion for animals and nature.
In 1986 Sallie moved to Wales to study Wildlife Illustration followed by two years of Ceramics by which time she had fallen in love with the wild Welsh hills. In 2002 she moved to a tiny little cottage on a wooded hillside in Carmarthenshire. She shares it with her four rescue dogs, a motley crew, six glorious cats and a dozen or so chickens. It’s here that she has built a lovely studio that looks out over the garden.
Sallie’s work comes from a life long passion for animals and nature. Each piece is as individual as the animals she portrays, starting with the clay and glazes that she makes from her own recipes to the creature itself which she hand builds over a number of days. The huge diversity of animals gives her an ever growing abundance of inspiration although she regularly returns to her own favourites the fox and the hare!
Sallie has exhibited across Europe and America but now concentrates on work for UK galleries and private commissions.