Hollingworth Bronze Sculpture - Sculptures of Wildlife and Animals
Animal and Wildlife Sculptures for Home and Garden in Bronze, Bronze Resin and Bronze Glazed Ceramic

From photographs to finished sculpture - Your Own Dog made as an Original Sculpture

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The three stages of making a dog sculpture commission

Brian Hollingworth hand builds the sculpture. It is dried, glaze is applied. Finally fired fired in an electric kiln.

 After a second firing the sculpture is finished. This terrier was finished using a bronze glaze. Other finishes are available including foundry bronze.

Follow the Making Process - Scroll Down - Start to Finish Pictures

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The perfect situation is a visit from the owner with the dog.

Photographs had already been provided but nothing is better than seeing the dog and spending time with the dog and owner.

.I aim to capture the personality of every dog sculpture made on commission

sketching a terrier

I begin to learn about the dog to be modeled in clay by drawing.

I am a compulsive sketcher and always carry a sketch book in my pocket.

By drawing I observe carefully and gradually know the dog.

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Every sculpture begins as a block of clay. Getting the proportions right from the beginning is essential.

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A mixture of photographs and sketches are my source material throughout the whole sculpture process.

The 'extra' leg at the front is a prop to stop everything from collapsing.

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Throughout the making process the client is able to watch progress by email or Facebook

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Attention to detail is essential. Brian does not make any dog - he aims to make your dog.

The ears of this terrier had to be exactly right. The client was able to visit to confirm the detail

Brian can also work from photographs, consulting with you at every stage.

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Nothing better than a successful firing. This is called biscuit ware. It is porous and ready to take the glaze finish.

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The 'biscuit' fired sculpture is now ready to take the glaze.

This is a slow task as it needs to be gradually brushed on in layers until the correct thickness is aquired

dog sculpture in the kiln

After all this hard work the final firing. Hold your breathe time ! Hoping all goes well

finished dog sculpture

And it did!

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Pictures of Brian at work shown on Facebook