Pig Family sculptures by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Can be placed in any arrangement. Handmade in England.
Material: Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin ‘Pig Family’ £120. Includes UK delivery (International delivery £12).
Foundry Bronze ‘Pig Family’ £375. UK delivery £10 (International delivery £20).
Size: H:75 W:150 D:60 mm (H:2 15/16 W:5 15/16 D:2 3/8 inches)
Sitting Pig Bronze Resin weight: 520g (18.3 oz.)
Sitting Pig Foundry Bronze weight: 2000g (70.5 oz.)
Size: H:45 W:65 D:25 mm (H:1 3/4 W:2 9/16 D:1 inches)
Piglet Bronze Resin weight: 35g (1.2 oz.)
Piglet Foundry Bronze weight: 100g (4 oz.)
Size: H:50 W:165 D:63 mm (H:2 W:6 1/2 D:2 1/2 inches)
Sleeping Pig Bronze Resin weight: 400g (14.1 oz.)
Sleeping Pig Foundry Bronze weight: 1650g (58 oz.)
Also available separately. To purchase this sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.
The intention behind the Pig Family sculptures
My partner Charles comes from Suffolk, a pig county, and was very keen that I model a set of pigs. We’ve recently been showing our sculptures around the country at large County Fairs like Countryfile Live, so I thought a family of pigs would be a hit.
I enjoyed creating three sculptures which relate to one another, though happily, I think each one works on its own as well.
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life, but in this case, I used many, many photos. They helped to show the animal’s anatomical features, the way its skin lies over its muscles or alters its shape, and their different poses and attitudes.