Gawain Art

Pressed for Time
Gavy Swan
Polymer clay & mixed media in clock

Currently on display in Gallery 111, Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

This fairy is feeling a little pressed for time, though it looks to me like she has a little *too much* time on her hands.
Since I found her in our livingroom clock she has adopted some odd behaviour: her wings have begun ticking in time with the clock hands. Perhaps a fairy’s wings play some role in its internal clock? This strikes me as a subject worth further study.

Fledglings by Gavy Swan. Polymer clay & mixed media in candelabra, 2013.

$850 CDN

There were rooms in the house that no one ever entered anymore. It was in one of those musty, cobwebbed rooms that I found these fledgeling fairy creatures nesting in a candelabra. It’s always surprising what you find in old houses.

Currently on display at Gallery 111 as part of the show Worlds within Worlds.

Worlds within Worlds

Gavy Swan (sculpture)
Janet Donaghey (mixed media textile)
Gita Karklins (paint)
Juliet Jancso (sculpture)

At Gallery 111 in Barrie, Ontario

May 29 - June 23, 2013.
Artist Reception June 13

This show just went up this week and it looks fantastic! I’m thrilled to be showing with these extremely talented artists.

Western chorus frog pseudacris triseriata

Gavy Swan

polymer clay & mixed media in mason jar

$250 CDN

Currently on display at Quest Art Gallery, Midland, Ontario as part of Run Off: Art Celebrating the Water Cycle, by Simcoe Watershed Art Project and Quest Art Gallery. May 8 – June 8

This piece is my first piece of science art. It was inspired by displays at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, and by my childhood fondness for catching tadpoles and watching them become frogs.

North of Toronto, the Western chorus frog dwells in woodlands and lays its eggs in vernal pools—temporary pools of water created by spring runoff and which dry up as summer progresses. In the Simcoe Watershed, the Western chorus frog is listed as “at risk” due to a combination of habitat loss and pollutants in the runoff that forms the vernal pools so essential for its life cycle.

Run Off: Art Celebrating the Water Cycle

Presented by Simcoe Watershed Art Project & Quest Art Gallery

May 8-June 8, 2013. Reception May 10th, 6-9 pm.

My piece Western chorus frog is part of this show at Quest Art Gallery in Midland, Ontario.


It’s getting warm out, and that means birds are everywhere!
Perched on ornamental spoons or versatile clips, these hand-sculpted bird ornaments are an artsy way to make your plants stand out this spring.

Polymer clay and found objects. Not recommended for outdoor use.

$30 CDN each

Duckling marionette, Gavy Swan 2013. Polymer clay and mixed media.

This little guy is tons of fun!


NEW RESEARCH has come to light that demonstrates the important medicinal properties of the COMMON GARDEN FAIRY.
Adding a small amount of FAIRY to your daily diet can help with weight loss and can help cure many health issues such as high blood pressure, IBS, arthritis, cancer, autoimmune problems, low sex drive, and depression. 
Increasing your intake of fairy is easy: Sprinkle a teaspoon of fairy fingers on your favourite salad, or add powdered fairy wings to your bottled water. It will protect against disease and adds tasty flavour!
Studies show that the AVERAGE PERSON doesn’t consume nearly enough fairy to help ward off disease. The good news is, you can catch your own fairies in your garden. Just 1-2 PER MONTH should be enough. 

*This is a parody. Don’t try eating fairy to cure anything. They are not real, and eating polymer clay fairies will probably make you very ill. 

Polymer clay & mixed media in apothecary jar. Gavy Swan, 2013.

$140 CDN


An early thaw uncovered a few delicate shoots in the garden this week. I was crouching down to examine them when a tiny hand shot up from the soil, and soon an entire fairy had emerged. It was covered in mud and I think it must have been disoriented, since it stumbled right into my hands. I brought it inside and scrubbed it clean with a toothbrush. For the time being I’m keeping it in a jar. Perhaps when spring arrives in earnest I’ll release it back into the garden.

Polymer clay and mixed media in jar. Gavy Swan, 2013.

$130 CDN

Feeling Cheeky

I caught this impish creature mooning around among the newly sown vegetable patch on a spring morning. I scooped her up in a jar and have tried to coax her into conversation (I mean to have a confession from her as to what her business was in the vegetables) but she has been rather rude.

Polymer clay and mixed media in apothecary jar. $150 CDN.