life-like creatures, hand crafted by sculptor Jon Grundon
Creative Cymru, a project
documenting artists across Wales
Broken Hare the makers of faux-taxidermy
Jon Grundon is a sculptor and the founder of Broken Hare. I recently had the privilege of visiting his workshop and meeting Jon and his father, John Senior. Together with Jon's wife Katherine they create faux taxidermy.
P H O T O G R A P H S B Y T R A C E Y P A D D I S O N
Broken Hare are based in Tudor Lane, Riverside, Cardiff, South Wales in the UK. Their workshop is full of curious creatures including unicorns, giraffes, zebras, gargoyles and the odd fox! Everything is hand-crafted and made in Wales.
They sculpt their animals in clay from reference photos, a silicon mould is taken and a reinforced plaster is cast, the faux skin and fur is then added to complete the work
Sculptor Jon Grundon talks about his faux taxidermy company Broken Hare
I've tried to capture some of the creative processes that go into making these faux animal heads and show some of the materials, tools and the workshop environment
airbrushing markings on a faux giraffe
Jon paints the unicorn's eyes with a glaze which is essential for making this mythical creature appear realistic
Unicorn mane, taken with the Fujifilm X-T3, 35mm, f1.4
Mushroom and wood-chip cast
Adding flock to a faux zebra head to give a realistic finish
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