Piglet sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Open edition, from the ‘Great and Small Sculpture’ small animal range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin £30. Includes UK delivery, (International delivery £3)
Foundry Bronze £75. Includes UK delivery, (International delivery £6)
Size: H:45 W:65 D:25 mm (H:1 3/4 W:2 9/16 D:1 inches)
Bronze Resin Weight: 35g (1.2 oz.)
Foundry Bronze Weight: 100g (4 oz.)
Also available as part of the ‘Pig Family’.
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 Piglet sculpture
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.