A new Hare sculpture…

Recently, I’ve busy making up orders and producing work for various galleries, but this week I’ve finally started on a new Hare sculpture!

As a ‘one-man-band’, I can go for months spending time on ‘reproducing’ my work to sell and so when I can find a window of time to actually ‘sculpt’ something new, like this Hare, and get wax beneath my finger nails again and get my brain focused on designing…it’s a wonderful feeling and time flies!

New Hare sculpture

Hare sculpture maquette

I’ve intended to sculpt a life-sized Hare for a year or more, and so this week after getting all my current orders completed, I made a start on the ‘maquette’. This is a quick 3D sketch in wax, all in proportion but with minimum detail, and its purpose is to work out the composition of a piece before working up the full sized piece.

Working from reference photographs I spent just an hour and a half on this 4″ high study. My aim is to have the Hare looking at the viewer and to position it in such a way as to make it visually pleasing in terms of its shapes and lines, from all angles. I’ve also always liked to show the underneath of the paw when I sculpt animals, and the lifted front leg adds interest to the composition. I tend to also like the body to follow a graceful ‘S-shaped’ curve…

I put this little video of the Hare maquette (see below) on my Kirsty Armstrong Sculpture Facebook page a couple of days ago and it has had a very encouraging response, so I think a new Hare sculpture is definitely a good idea!

I've been meaning to sculpt a large Hare for a couple of years, so this afternoon I made this little 4" 'maquette', which is a quick 3D 'sketch' with only a bit of detail, so that I can get the composition right before I sculpt the life-sized version!! Sooo good to get wax under my finger nails again, and to 'sculpt' something new! 😀

Posted by Kirsty Armstrong Sculpture on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This new Hare sculpture will be sculpted in wax, and once it’s finished it will be moulded by a local company and then produced in cold-cast copper, bronze or pewter. I will receive the limited edition casts back and then polish and finish them by hand. This Hare will be just about life-sized, and so it will be fairly big! It will be in the same style as my red squirrel pieces; life-like, intricately detailed and with my unique stylisation of the texture. More soon…

2 thoughts on “A new Hare sculpture…

  1. Hi Kirsty

    I hope your well. Its Terry Wright the proud guardian of Willow 133 who has pride of place in the lounge. We have been following your progress with the hare and would be grateful if you could think of us when you come to releasing the editions. Hares have long been one of our interests and we were fortunate to have a family of three Leverets living in the garden in Cumbria, we have now moved down to Herefordshire and unfortunately dont see the hares we used to, so it would be good to have a Cumbrian hare to keep Willow company.

    Kind Regards


    • Hi Terry,

      Lovely to hear from you, and so pleased that you’re liking ‘Harriet’!

      Yes, of course. You could have number two if you still like her when she’s finished and if the price is OK! There’s no obligation at all though at this stage, I’ll just put you down as interested if you like?

      She will be cast both in copper and in pewter, but I haven’t decided on the size of the limited edition yet.

      More soon, and thanks again for your continued interest,

      Best wishes,


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