The Standing Cat sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Attitudes’ sculpture range. Handmade in England.
Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze
Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £325. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £1,450. Includes UK delivery, (excludes international delivery).
Size: H:330 W:310 D:185 mm, H:13 W:12 D:7 inches
To purchase this Standing Cat 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 Standing Cat sculpture
The Standing Cat sculpture was modelled on Jack, a beautiful, wonderfully characterful British Blue cat. He was commissioned in Bronze Resin, and while be joined by the life-sized Sitting Cat, modelled on his companion. Cat’s are surprisingly difficult to sculpt when you aren’t intending to create a stylistically smooth, round shape. Their musculature and anatomy are often lost in large areas underneath their slinky fur. The challenge is emphasised in poses at rest, as opposed to dynamic poses, so I really think that Jack came out well, and I very much enjoyed creating the heavy darks of his striped coat.
Once I’d sculpted the Jack in clay a rubber mould was taken, with ‘keys’ placed in the rubber to ensure proper positioning. Then a shell of fibreglass was applied, to protect the mould and support it during the casting process.