Day 1 and 2: working with wax to create your sculpture for casting. Wax working techniques and help with design and development of ideas. You will also have additional time to work on your piece at home or here at Make Studios by arrangement. Days 3 and 4: preparation and pouring, including spruing and mould making. Day 5: Burning out moulds and pouring. Day 6: Finishing and patination.
Who is the course suitable for?
To day attendees have included Art students, professional artists and people who unfairly described themselves as having no “artistic ability” but were fascinated by the process of making bronzes and wanted to have a go. The course is suitable for anyone over 18 and our oldest delegate so far has been 80; all without exception have been amazed by their results and many have subsequently continued working in Bronze.
What is involved?
Whilst the whole process working through wax to bronze is complicated, each individual step is simple and manageable and not physically arduous. We start working directly with wax, (think plastacine or clay only much more fun ! ) to make our sculptures. Sculptures are then developed into a pouring system that is then encased in a ceramic shell. The wax is then burnt out of the ceramic shells and replaced with molten bronze. Once cool the sculptures are broken out of the shells and cut free from the running system ( using hammers, chisels and power tools under supervision or by technician if preferred). Sculptures are then cleaned and prepared for patinating and waxing on the final day.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are provided and the cost includes your finished bronze
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided and delegates generally start treating each other with Cake as the course progresses !
What to bring:
Clothing: warm comfortable working clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
As we will be working with small flames and hot implements clothes made from natural materials please.
Kit: All kit and materials are included , but feel free to bring any modeling tools that you like to work with.
Food: food will be available to buy locally, but a packed lunch particularly on the first day is advisable.
Ideas: It is not necessary to come with a clear idea of what you would like to make, and in practice most students are surprised by their choice of final piece for casting. If however you have firm ideas or styles of work that inspire you please bring them along with you.
Attitude: Playful and curious seems to work well !
Tim Rawlins at Black Mountain Bronze
Old Stables, Brynmelyn Cusop Hay-on-Wye, Hereford Herefordshire HR3 5RQ