Tibetan Terrier Sculpture

Tibetan Terrier sculpture and child

The life-sized Tibetan Terrier sculpture by Tanya Russell, ARBS. Limited edition, from the ‘Affection’ range. Handmade in England.


Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Size: H:350 W:720 D:250 mm, H:14 W:28 D:10 inches

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition 25) Price £1,290. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition 25) Price £3,550. 

(Prices include VAT and exclude delivery)

To purchase the Tibetan Terrier sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour can vary slightly.

Materials explained

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 and process behind the Tibetan Terrier sculpture

This sculpture was modelled on a Tibetan Terrier named Cody, and was one of my commissions auctioned by Battersea Dogs and Cats home to raise money for the charity. Cody was attentive and enjoyed his treats, and the main challenge was his long hair, so I chose a pose with the owner that showed off his lovely face. Having taken lots of measurements and photos I modelled him in a lying position, with his head tilted up a little to look at the viewer.

Cody was commissioned in Bronze Resin. Once I’d sculpted him 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.