THE HARES

The life-size hares of My Hares and Graces are created using one of the oldest forms of human expression – clay and human hands. Each hare has its own mould made from silicone with a fibreglass resin casing. The hares are hand-cast using an acrylic resin (Material One from AMT Composites). They are meticulously finished by hand so that each one has its own special character.

On many occasions I have been asked ‘Why hares?’ Due to space constraints, in the early days of My Hares and Graces, I needed to work with an animal of a manageable size. I have strong and happy memories of the Karoo and seeing hares darting through the car headlights in the dark. They are mysterious creatures and many a story and legend has been told about them. While they are fine boned, they are also strong and athletic. Their speed  and nimbleness  generally (but not always) keeps them from predators . They have delightful expressions and were a good start to the menagerie.

The hares are weatherproof as distinct from waterproof. I encourage the owner to photograph the hare in its new environment – wherever that may be and  email  the  photo  together with the location e.g. Stellenbosch or Cape St Francis or the photo can be uploaded directly to the Facebook page

A percentage of the sales of My Hares is donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Riverine Rabbit Project.

There are 12 different hares Lalela - The Listener, Moongazer, Ready Steady… Go!, Hare Apparent, Mvundla - isiXhosa for ‘Hare’, Cambalele – isiZulu for ‘sleepy and relaxed’, uNogwaja – isiZulu for ‘hare’, Mpho – isiZulu for Gift, uMoya - isiZulu for Spirit , Thinker, Nwaya – isiZulu for ‘itch’ and Matasatasa – isiZulu for ‘busy’

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Lalela

Lalela Lalela

Moongazer

Moongazer Moongazer

Ready Steady… Go!

Ready Steady… Go! Ready Steady… Go!

Hare Apparent

Hare Apparent Hare Apparent

Mvundla

Mvundla Mvundla

Cambalele

Cambalele

uNogwaja

uNogwaja uNogwaja

Mpho

Mpho

uMoya

uMoya uMoya uMoya

Thinker

Thinker

Nwaya

Nwaya

Matasatasa

Matasatasa Matasatasa