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

 

Brian Hollingworth accepts commissions for animal sculpture and wildlife sculpture to be cast in resin bronze and foundry bronze.

This is a high quality method of making wildlife sculpture. The modern resin casting has the advantage of recent technological advances in casting and finishing.

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Recent commission for Coxmoor Golf club - Made to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the golf club

Large scale work can be commissioned

Work can also be cast in foundry bronze.

Brian Hollingworth uses clay to make the original piece of sculpture, from which a mould will be made. He belongs  belongs to the long tradition of sculptors working in clay.

 He uses an armature to build the sculpture upon. This firm base allows him the freedom the construct the sculpture using clay.

The scale of sculpture can be increased if required

Follow the pictures below to see the methods used to make wildlife sculpture in bronze resin.

Building the Clay Sculpture

wire armature for sculpture

When  making a clay animal sculpture that will be cast in either bronze resin or foundry bronze, the clay must be supported. In the picture a metal armature has been fixed onto a wooden board. The armature is the central rod as shown.

 This primary armature is used as the under-support for a wire structure. The wire takes the basic shape required by Brian Hollingworth as he makes the clay animal sculpture. Looking at the wire shape it is clear that all the form of a cockerel sculpture is there already, although the method still offers the possibility for change as the sculptor works.

Various thicknesses of wire are used. These can be seen in the picture and are used to bind the frame together.

All sculptors find methods that suit themselves when making a sculpture. Brian Hollingworth from his long experience, always advises a flexible mind when constructing. The process itself may suggest changes and these changes often add to the life and energy of the finished sculpture. It is essential to remain free to work with the creative process and not to feel bound by the methods used.

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Stages in the making process

 Brian Hollingworth continues the work gradually building the clay form upon the wire armature. He likes to work directly upon the clay using his hands and fingers to make the form. It is this direct contact, with that ever flexible material clay, that is his addiction. He often says that for him time ceases when he works, it is this infinite absorption in his work that has kept him going over that last 35 years. For Brian it has always had a natural skill, that has provided him with tremendous pleasure in creating his sculptural work. His work reflects this personal commitment and joy.

Casting a flexible rubber mould.

The clay sculpture is taken to a fine art casting company where it is coated in flexible silicone rubber. This is also encased in a hard casing of  fibre-glass which will support the flexible rubber. This flexible rubber  is the mould that is used to create the final bronze resin sculpture

 The pictures underneath show casting of a bronze resin sculpture of a hare. The mixture used for the casting contains bronze powder and resin. When the hare is patinated the bronze will be revealed by subtle polishing to gradually bring up the lustre of the bronze.

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Stages in casting a moon gazing hare from a master mould.

This was a complex method for casting the sculpture because there is an undercut inside the front legs. The mould is in sections to allow the inner structure to remain.

 The hare sculpture also has a texture, by making a mould that would pull off it avoided any seams in the cast.

The resin and bronze mixture will be revealed when the patination and polishing of the sculpture takes place.

To see the finished sculpture now available to buy click here

 For further information about this garden sculpture contact the studio


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Pictures of Brian at work shown on Facebook