Stretching Cat 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 Price £55. Includes UK delivery (International delivery £8)
Foundry Bronze Price £165. Includes UK delivery (International delivery £12)
Size: H:105 W:110 D:30 mm (H:4 1/8 W:4 5/16 D:1 3/16 inches)
Bronze Resin Weight: 100g (3.5 oz.)
Foundry Bronze Weight: 350g (12.5 oz.)
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 Stretching Cat sculpture
I specialise in dogs and have only sculpted one other cat before modelling the Stretching Cat. This wasn’t a commission so the pose was entirely my choice and I wanted to choose something that was sculptural and full of expression.
Working on a small scale is actually surprisingly difficult. Modelling the clay with tiny marks takes a high degree of precision. Yet it was also important to make broader marks, to represent the essence of the stretching cat. I had a lot of fun making this and it remains one of the most popular of my small sculptures.
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life, but in this case, I used lots of photos. They helped to show the animal’s anatomical features, the way its fur lies over its muscles or alters its shape, and how the animal looks in different poses and with different attitudes.