West Highland Terrier sculpture


The West Highland Terrier sculpture by Tanya Russell, MRBS. Limited edition. Handmade in England.


Material: either Bronze Resin or Foundry Bronze

Bronze Resin (Limited Edition: 50) Price £810. 

Foundry Bronze (Limited Edition: 50) Price £3,270. 

(Prices include VAT and exclude delivery)

Size: H:450 W:500 D:380 mm, H:18 W:20 D:15 inches

Weight (Bronze Resin): 9 kg, 19 lbs



To purchase this West Highland Terrier sculpture please contact the artist. As this artwork is handmade colour and weight 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 behind the West Highland Terrier sculpture

The West Highland Terrier sculpture was modelled on Mactavish. We chose a sitting position as we wanted all the attention to be on Mactavish’s face. The client asked for him to be a little shaggier (less blow-dried) to show a natural look, with care over the hair above his eyes and the an attentive expression. Westies have such classic poise and shape and I really enjoyed the opportunity to sculpt Mactavish, so he’ll look at home wherever he is.

After taking Mactavish’s measurements I proceeded to model him in clay. I worked with the client to get him just right and 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.