Wildlife Sculptor Nick Mackman comes to stay

We were very lucky to have award winning wildlife artist Nick Mackman stay with us at Mfuwe Lodge at the end of October. Nick was out here getting inspiration for an exhibition she is holding next Spring in the UK, she went out on drives every day, joined by wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, to take photos to work from - as most of her favourite work is of African mammals.

She chose the perfect time to visit, late October, and had some great sightings; nice big herds of elephants, baby warthogs, a beautiful daytime leopard, lots of lions and an incredible day with a pack of 5 wild dogs (her favourite), which culminated in them chasing a herd of buffalo and treeing a leopard at sunset - what more do you need for inspiration inspiration?

She also saw Wonky Tusk and family - when she first arrived and just as she was leaving - they had obviously come to say "thank you" and inspect the commission of them that she had made. Nick made three sculptures for us for display at Mfuwe Lodge; including Wonky Tusk & Wellie, a wild dog puppy and a wonderful warthog. She carried them out with her on her flight - in her hand lugguage and a huge crate she had specially made - it was a massive relief when they were unpacked at the Lodge and found to all be in one piece.

Take a look below at the Nick with the finished works at the Lodge, as well as them at various stages of their journey.

More about Nick Mackman
Nick Mackman is a sculptor of one-off clay animal models. She has been widely exhibited and in 2010 she won the Open Category in the Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. Most of her pieces are Raku fired, giving a rich but natural crackle glaze. Drawing on her experience as a rhino keeper and on safari, she aims to get under the skin of the animal, giving each animal sculpture its own personality. Many of her subjects are highly endangered and she aims to enlighten us to their beauty, humour and tenderness, even though they may be largely perceived as ugly or aggressive. She lives in Devon, in South West England, with her husband, twin children and two dogs.

Nick’s animal sculptures have been widely exhibited and over the years her animal models have found homes with, amongst others, John Cleese, Judi Dench, Chris Packham, David Shepherd and Viscountess Serena Linley. She has accepted commissions from British Airways and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, making trophies for the award winners.

Nick Mackman’s animal models and wildlife sculptures are based on detailed observations and careful study. She has travelled on safari in Botswana, Madagascar and Nepal to observe animals in the wild, making sketches and photographs of her subjects, and in 2010 she was invited by the Bushcamp Company to visit the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia to sculpt Wonky Tusk and Wellington, the elephants who famously wander through the Mfuwe Lodge reception.

An exhibition of work inspired by Nick's Africa Adventure will be held at The Beaux Arts Gallery in Bath; from 12 May to 14 June 2011, with a private viewing is 12th May

If you are interested in a commission visit www.clayanimalsculptures.co.uk or for more details contact her

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