Animal Sculpture - The Hare

Animal Sculptures are a wonderful way to remember a pet, but also provide the perfect subject for a decorative sculpture for garden or interior.

These past months I have been focussing on creating  garden sculptures, while also dreaming up ideas around some animal sculptures of a creature I love. 

The Hare.

Hares have an almost mythical quality which has always interested me. They lack the cuteness of a rabbit, but have those deep alert eyes, and tall magnificent ears - just waiting to be represented in clay!

Hare Sketch

All projects begin with research - in the case of the Hare I needed to find photographic images and information. I purchased some books  as I wanted to find out more about these beautiful creatures. 

If you have a pet or animal in mind which you would like to have made as a sculpture, I ask for a variety of images which capture both the movement and personality of the animal.

Here are some points to consider when commissioning an animal sculpture:

  • How large do you want it to be? Sounds obvious but think where it will sit, is it the main focal point, or one of many features in the space.

  • Material. I create sculptures made from a variety of materials - these are often chosen based on the finish you would like - shiny or matt, textured or smooth, and also if it is to be frost proof! If you want a sculpture of your pet which sits outdoors, we need to choose a material which can sustain the british weather!

If you have a project to discuss with me, contact me here (link to contact page) or drop me a line on - 07719 917 480

Back to the Hare! 

Gathering a range of images to work from, I then made the decision to sculpt just the head of the Hare, not the full body, so I could give focus to the face and those magnificent ears!

I used an armature (a wooden post) to build up the sculpture working wit a heavily textured clay (called Craft Crank). I liked the idea of having a slight angle on the head and worked with a gentle tilt within the sculpture. 

Gradually I built up the surface and carefully modelled the feature. I wanted to enhance the texture of the head and used a knife and flat wooden stick to create the shapes and forms. To keep the head moist it is important to regularly spray the sculpture with water and wrap up in polythene in between sculpting sessions.

When I had finished modelling the Hare I hollowed it out before allowing it to dry and then go into the kiln. Here is an image of it when I have cut the head in half  resting on a protected surface – about to be hollowed out.

After the Hare had been reassembled and allowed to dry (approx. 4 weeks in warm weather) the sculpture was ready for its first firing.

Clay Hare Sculpture

After the 1st firing I painted the head with a dark chocolate brown glaze and then returned the sculpture back to the kiln for a Stoneware firing (approx. 1230 degrees Celsius)

There’s always an exciting moment when you open the kiln to see the finished article, you can never predict 100% the exact tone of the glaze, so it’s a magical moment when you see what you and the kiln have produced

Post firing I mounted the sculpture on an oak base.

Here she is - finished!

Hare Sculpture Ceramic

The dimensions including the oak base are:

H: 35cms

W: 18cms

D: 20cms

£395 - SOLD - I have other very similar Hares available - please contact me for more information.

To purchase this beautiful sculpture please contact me on susiehartleysculptures@gmail.com

Now all she needs is a name - any suggestions?!








Susie Hartley