Animal Commissions

Private commissions of animals can be made in either ceramic or bronze - the photo here shows a ceramic Norfolk Terrier with a brown oxide patina. I work from a series of photos and have discussions with the client about particular characteristics and personality of the pet/animal before I begin to make the sculpture in clay. Prices for either ceramic and bronze depend on the size of the pet. Please contact me for more information.

'Our Manchester Terrier Oscar was unfortunately diagnosed with terminal cancer, and in July 2020 we decided it would be a wonderful memory of him to commission a bronze sculpture. I searched on Google and found Susie’s website, saw the fabulous work she does and contacted her via email. I met Susie and her husband Gary, they spent about an hour taking pictures of Oscar (it helped he really like them!) taking measurements and making sure she had all the images and dimensions she needed. Sadly the following Tuesday we had to have Oscar put to sleep, so the timing was very fortuitous under the circumstances. Susie kept me posted with regular updates, initially in maquette form, then the fullsize clay version. I visited Susie to look at the clay before it went to the foundry, just to see him ‘in the flesh’. Susie was kind enough to ask the Foundry for a video of the pouring of the cast and then a few weeks later the sculpture was finally ready for collection. My wife and I both absolutely love what Susie has created, ‘Oscar’ now sits proudly in our study.'

John Chester, Cambridgeshire. January 2021

Making Process

The example shown here of a black labrador has been modelled in clay from a wide range of photos from all angles. I sent regular updates of the different making stages to the client who also came to my studio to see the sculpture in progress. When the sculpture was finished it was hollowed out and allowed to dry completely before the kiln processes. A patina (colour) was discussed and the relevant glaze applied before the final firing in the kiln.

Bronze commissions

Pet commissions are also available in bronze - the clay modelling process is the same as above but this time - on completion of the making stage the sculpture is taken to a foundry where it is cast into bronze. The bronze foundry process usually takes @ 6-8 weeks. Here is 'Maisie' a very loved family pet who was made in bronze in time for Christmas.

© Susie Hartley 2022