From the time she was a small child, Sonja Metzler seemed to gravitate more to a ball of clay than to a pencil. Though she casually enjoys several mediums, she loves the space taken up by three dimensional art. She loves that she can create her art subject from every angle, and clay serves that purpose well.
Metzler has been creating full figure sculptures since 2012. Prior to that, she created 3D art, making different forms on the pottery wheel. Taking workshops and studying anatomy is continually moving her into new directions. It is challenging and rewarding, every new story she creates in clay.
Metzler loves nature, native, organic, spirit. Earth fills her with awe, and from it she draws inspiration to create work that would glorify its Creator.
Metzler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in a beautiful middle class suburb called Rembrandt Park. Her childhood was magnificent. Growing up in a country so rich in fauna and flora, with many different cultures and diversity of peoples.
A beautiful country large enough to boast lands from sub tropical to arid climates, canyons and a rain forest. Not to mention, the amazing array of species of animals all around.
Metzler graduated from Hillcrest High School, located in Kwa-zulu, Natal, which is located on the Eastern Coast of South Africa. She followed a career in drafting.
Metzler relocated to the United States in 1987. Starting out in Southern California, then to Alaska, where she resided for eleven years. She and her husband moved down to Washington State in 1998. The two live in the North Eastern corner of Washington and have the pleasure, and the luxury of a small holding, nestled in the mountains, with horses and a lot of wildlife.
Metzler's days are filled with home and ranch management. She enjoys working outdoors. Every year, she loves to work in my vegetable garden and yard. She does her best to spend a good amount of time in her art studio.
Metzler's art reflects her African and American influences. She has deep roots that pull her back to Africa, but living her adult life in America has also strongly influenced her inspirational draw.