Nina Campbell visits Hamish Mackie's studio February 18, 2024

One of the exciting things about being a sculptor is the unpredictability of it, you never know what is just around the corner!  

I met the internationally acclaimed interior designer, Nina Campbell at Chelsea Flower Show in 2022. Nina walked past my stand with her son Max, and stopped to have a look. We got chatting about a project she was working on for a client in America.

Meeting Nina was a real highlight, and the conversations that followed led to a commission for six life size wolf sculptures, which have been cast into bronze. 


After our meeting at Chelsea Flower Show, I flew to meet Nina and her client on site in America. The commission we discussed was very site-specific, so ideas had to be formulated and measurements taken before presenting the client with ideas.

This project has been an exhilarating experience. I have really enjoyed working with the client’s crack team of architects, garden landscapers and site designers. It’s been a fantastic project to be involved in.

In November last year, I invited Nina and two of her team, Olivia and Joanna, to visit my studio in Oxfordshire. We met at Lockbund Foundry, where we spent the morning giving our guests a step by step guide to the ancient craft of lost wax casting.

We showed them how a silicone rubber mould is made over the original and is held in the right shape by a rigid fibreglass outer case. Multi-section moulds fit together with millimetre precision.

They were also able to watch a bronze pouring, where molten bronze is poured into the pre-heated ceramic investment at 1200 degrees celsius.


Then we went back to my studio so I could show Nina where I sculpt, and of course to see the six finished wolves.

I am really looking forward to seeing the wolves finally installed in the American landscape very soon!


For more information about the lost wax casting process, see Hamish’s Bronze Casting page.

To view the finished life size wolf sculptures, see Wolf Female, Wolf on a Mound, Wolf Running Legs Out, Wolf Running Legs Under, Wolf Prowling, Wolf Male Howling.

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