Size in cm:
6w x 12h x 4d cm
Size in inches:
2½"w x 5"h x 2"d
510g / 1lb 2oz
Material: Foundry Cast Bronze
This solid bronze sculpture of a Moon Gazing Hare is an original Nelson and Forbes foundry casting of a sculpture by Sue Maclaurin. We cast this piece by hand in a British foundry in an edition of just 250 castings and it took two weeks to create.
It was cast in response to requests from collectors who asked Sue Maclaurin to sculpt a hare in this iconic Moongazer pose.
The Moon Gazing Hare is presented in a beautiful and very high quality hand made gift box, created by our box maker in the Midlands and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The certificate was individually printed by hand from an original copper plate engraving in Hampshire, before being signed by the artist and numbered with the number of this casting. It is your guarantee that this is an original foundry casting of the sculptor’s work that she has personally approved.
This bronze casting is a perfect recreation of the artist’s original sculpture and was made in a Birmingham foundry. It bears the artist's signature and its own unique edition number. As every piece is cast by hand and then the mould destroyed, each one is unique and so will be very slightly different to the last.
This piece complements Sue Maclaurin’s other bronze hares including Alert Hare II, Running Hare, Rolling Hare, Lying Hare, Flying Hare, Listening Hare, Hare Washing Ear, Boxing Hares and Tumbling Hares.
Born in Colchester, Sue Maclaurin emigrated to Northern Rhodesia with her family, where a life-long passion for wildlife and horses began.
Her childhood was spent, when not at boarding school, roaming freely in the bush on horseback, revelling in the diversity of wildlife which still existed at that time.
Returning to England to study at Winchester School of Art, Sue graduated with a B.A (Hons.) in Fine Art and subsequently spent several years involved with Marwell Zoological Park, where she continued to study, paint and sculpt their wide variety of animals at very close quarters. While she was there, Sue was commissioned to create the art work and logo for Marwell Park’s advertising.
During these few years, Sue further explored and develop her interest in sculpting at Pinewood Studios as she was asked by Ray Harryhausen to assist him model making on various films including Clash of the Titans.
An opportunity then arose for Sue to return to Africa with her family, and the following four years were filled happily with the pursuit of varied projects including gold-mining frontier style, fish farming and dairy farming, while Sue continued to sculpt and paint for her own pleasure.
Whilst Africa and its wildlife were ‘utterly beautiful’, it unfortunately became too politically unstable, so Sue’s family once again returned home to England. Her wildlife sculpture was quickly accepted by galleries across the United Kingdom and quickly developed a loyal following of collectors.
A white house in the Wiltshire countryside is now home, with two Siamese cats, two horses, a thriving sculpture studio and a saddlery business that means Sue’s skills as a Master Saddle Maker command a constant waiting list. Sue continues to sculpt both the wildlife that surrounds her home daily as well as other traditional animals such as pigs and thoroughly enjoys hearing stories of the joy that the bronze castings of her pieces bring to collectors.
Creation of your bronze sculpture
Every time we cast a piece, a new mould is created and subsequently destroyed. This means that every single piece of sculpture bought from us is entirely hand made and utterly unique, which is why it is numbered by hand to tell you which casting of the edition you have bought.
1. Mould Making
A silicone rubber mould is made of the original art work. Absolutely every detail captured or missed by this mould will be reproduced in the bronze castings. Depending on the size of the mould, it may then be cut into sections for casting.
This is the master mould used to originate all castings of that piece. Each time that piece is ordered, we follow the following procedure:
2. Making the Wax Casting
Molten wax is poured into the rubber to create an exact wax duplicate of the original model.
3. Chasing the Wax
The wax is removed from the rubber mould any flaws are hand finished by a skilled craftsman.
Wax rods and a wax pouring cup are carefully attached to the wax casting in just the right positions to allow bronze to be poured in any displaced air to escape. This means that no air bubbles are trapped inside the mould as they would be gaps in the finished bronze piece.
The wax model with attached rods is now covered in ceramic material which will form the mould for the final bronze pour. This is done by dipping the wax model carefully into investment liquid and then covering it in a fine powder before allowing it to cure (completely dry). The model is then dipped into investment liquid again and given a coating of a coarse ceramic powder. By following this procedure several times, a ceramic shell is built up around the wax model.
The wax inside the ceramic shell is then placed in a kiln and fired. The shell bakes and the wax is melted (lost) from the shell. This creates a hollow ceramic shell mould and accounts for the term "Lost Wax" being applied to the process.
The ceramic mould is removed from the kiln and molten bronze is immediately poured into it, at 1200°C.
8. Break Out
Once the casting has been allowed to cool for several hours, the mould is carefully removed by hand from the bronze model inside.
Any fragments of the ceramic shell are removed by sandblasting and the sculpture is carefully inspected at this point.
All attached rods and cups (which are now bronze) are removed by hand. At this point, any segments of a large sculpture that has been cast in sections are welded together.
All the weld marks and removed and rod marks are chased and re-detailed by hand. Any scars left by the rods are carefully blended to match the rest of the sculpture’s surface as intended by the artist.
The bronze is hand polished in preparation for the patina.
The bronze is first heated before the chemical patina is applied by an artist. A patina can achieve many different colours or effects depending on the mix of chemicals used.
Finally a wax coating is hand applied before the piece is polished to ensure a beautiful lustrous patina.
Finally, the piece is numbered by hand. It is numbered as the casting number, followed by a slash and finally the edition size. For examples, 5/250 means that your piece was the fifth piece to be cast from the master mould out of 250 castings made. The piece also bears the signature of the artist. Sue Maclaurin pieces are marked either Sue Maclaurin, Sue Mac, or with her insignia of an S and small cat face.