Have you ever wanted to create in bronze? Learn how to harness molten metal for art? Or just fancy a creative and unique weekend?
Join us, where we will walk you through the ancient process of lost wax bronze casting. Come with or without skills. We will work with you from the beginning and over the two days, you will create your very own cast bronze sculpture.
On the first day, you will learn how to waxwork for the lost wax process. Having accomplished that you will learn how to use the ceramic shell in the latter part of the day.
On the second day, you will begin with burning out the mould, this is the 'lost wax' part of the process. Then in the afternoon, you will learn about pouring bronze and finishing techniques.
This workshop involves two consecutive days to learn an introduction to lost wax bronze casting, using the ceramic shell casting technique. The weekend is taught in small groups to allow as much contact time as possible. You'll learn an overview of the foundry process while creating your own sculpture.
The course is geared so that all people and levels of skills can participate, learn, and come away with knowledge as well as a bronze sculpture at the end. You may have never picked up any sculpting tools or be an advanced metal worker, you will learn and create on this course.
Most people in the room at the same time will be 4 persons for covid safety.
Please note there will be a friendly boxer dog present.
If you are on low income or benefits, get in contact about discount rates.
Taught by David Snoo Wilson,
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials will be provided from wax tools to PPE and the metal for the sculpture. If you do have any of your own casting tools, or PPE do bring them along but don’t fret if you don’t. A vegetarian lunch will be included, with teas and coffees as well. If you have specific needs get in contact ahead of time.
2 days (10:00am to 5:30pm)
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2 days (10:00am to 5:30pm)
Dave’s bronze casting workshop exceeded all expectations! He encouraged us to develop our creative ideas and explained brilliantly the lost wax method of bronze making. We were actively involved in each stage of the process and it was exciting to see the alchemy of this ancient art unfold in Dave’s expert hands. Fantastic venue, wonderful lunches and even the weather was superb!
Response from Ore and Ingot:Thanks for your kind words :)
I have just returned from a weekend with Dave at Ore and Ingot. What a fabulous experience it was, I have always loved and admired bronze as a sculptural medium so enjoyed learning how some of these beauties are produced. The days are full but paced so that you don't feel rushed. Dave is open to almost anything you might like to cast ( we had quite a variety from the group) whilst showing you various methods of production. He worked tirelessly to insure that we all had a piece to take away whilst also providing scrummy lunch and imparting so much knowledge, I have come home with lots to think about. I feel very inspired by such an enjoyable weekend would recommend to anyone wanting an interesting, inspiring weekend.
This was a great course, I learned a lot about smelting bronze and David made the days seem fun and fly by. David's knowledge on metal smelting overall was impressive and although the course is aimed mainly at Bronze, I also learned a lot about working with other metals from David and he answered many of the questions I had prior to taking the course.
I really enjoyed the course, David's knowledge of the process was first rate and he was able to explain things extremely well in a simplistic way that I could easily understand.
Response from Ore and Ingot:Thanks Tom :)
This was a beautiful course. Bronze casting was completely new to me and is one of the most interesting processes I have seen. The pace felt relaxed even though much was covered over the 3 days. David is kind, clear and has the perfect balance of giving plenty of guidance whilst still getting you to create your pieces independently. The location was peaceful, near beautiful woods for a walk and it was interesting to see work of craftsmen who use other parts of the building. I was really happy with what I produced and I can't recommend this course enough.
Response from Ore and Ingot:Thanks very much Racheal, it was pleasure having you in the workshop.
I took part in one of David's weekend bronze casting courses earlier this year, and thought it was massively inspiring. Having done a small amount of bronze casting in a university setting it was refreshing to have such a close 1 to 1 experience with the process, and with an instructor as knowledgeable as David.
The process was explained and shown in full detail each day, all tools provided and techniques taught to us well, and David was happy to give any helpful tips and tricks to us along the way. The process was broken down into sections for each day in a way that made sense to the process, which gave a nice pace to the course, feeling constantly busy but also not rushed gave a great atmosphere in the foundry. The setting was lovely and was a great place for a foundry and David was also an exceptional host, offering hot beverages and cooking lunch for us on site (The food was delicious too).
I had an excellent time and would recommend for any budding bronze casters that would like a closer craft casting experience with a small independent foundry.
I thoroughly enjoyed the three day course, the last event before lockdown in early March. I have attended only a few art courses, On this one David provided excellent company and guidance, somehow managing to help without intervening, and gave us the opportunity to create and get the best out of us. I never dreamt that I would be able to produce such a casting in the time available. David has considerable experience and is very knowledgeable and interesting to talk about bronze casting. Well done David. I would definitely recommend the course,
Response from Ore and Ingot:Thanks very much Nigel, it was a pleasure having you in the workshop. Glad to see that your sculpture is pride of place on the mantel. Dave
I attended the Bristol Bronze Club in October 2020 David is a great host, a lovely Chap and very knowledgeable. I had three days of excellent bronze learning and practical hands on experience. He answered all my questions and I came home with some brilliant ideas and some lovely bronze pieces! Location of the foundry is great, I stayed in the city (Bristol) and drove from there every day which took around 20 minutes. If you’re thinking about trying bronze casting, want to expand your knowledge of the subject or just want a gift for someone who would appreciate it, I strongly recommend this course.
Response from Ore and Ingot:Thanks Matt. I look forward to seeing your future casting endeavours as they progress. Best Dave