The feminine power

A unique sculpture of a hare in a bronze glaze

When I discovered that boxing hares are usually the females sizing up the males, I wanted to create a sculpture that captured the beautiful, feminine power of the hare in a head study. My aim was to show her strength but without the obvious physicality of boxing.

Size – Approx 22cm in height by 15cm in length.

Material – Stoneware clay and glaze. Stamped underneath with my logo.

Weight– Approx 3.6kg

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£250.00

In stock

How she was made

Mud, glorious mud! well, professional-grade stoneware clay from the UK to be precise.

Out of the bag the clay needs, “wedging,” to remove any air trapped that can later cause problems during firing. Wedging is physical and theraputic!

This lady was built using the ancient coiling technique which involves rolling coils and building the shape up in layers to create a hollow form (solid structures are more likely to blow up during firing as any moisture left tries to escape.) It’s a slow process -you can’t rush the build as the form may just collapse under its own weight.

After allowing her to dry a little I was able to shape and sculpt her to bring out her character, and add her luscious ears.

Next was the bisque firing – a progressive heating programme to reach 1000°C.

Once cooled (48 hours later) I was able to hand paint three layers of bronze effect glaze to her.

Next was the glaze firing – this time the temperature reaches 1245°C, this is where the alchemy and magic happens and gives the surface the final appearance.

To finish off the sculpture I added a separately fired black clay base which was then attached to her.