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Renaissance bronze casting course

Renaissance bronze casting course

Duration: 4 or 5 days drop in priced per day plus materials

Price: £120

Run by: Jim Racine
at Jim Racine MA(RCA)

Butley Mills studios
Mill lane, Butley
Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP12 3PZ

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About the Course

Jim Racine's Renaissance bronze casting course runs over 4 to 5 days, and costs £120 per day plus materials (at cost price). Held at an established artist foundry in Suffolk.
One-to-one tuition or couple discount (£160 per day)
take away your own first class bronze sculpture or design any scale up to head sized.

The Butley mills studios casting course is designed to give an in depth and very practical understanding of the classic renaissance process, the method has only been fine tuned in the last centuries and remains essentially the process used by Donatello, Cellini, Ghiberti and Giambologna. The process is used today around the world but is increasingly rare, especially in the West, but is now overlooked in commercial foundries in preference of ceramic shell, sand casting and various digital processes towards printing directly in metal. However despite the age of the process, it still holds many surprises and can do some stuff that other process cannot, and many things equally well.

The 4 to 5 day course schedule is built around the kiln, since it needs 4 days slow firing to cleanse the moulds of water, wax and other combustible. The kiln is loaded and fired on Monday morning and bronze poured on a Friday. Getting the waxes ready and invested in ludo often requires 2 days preparation. After the Friday pour, the process from metal finishing to patina can be flexible. The course is suitable for adults and chaperoned teens.
The course is individually tailored and can introduce the subject to a beginner or experienced artist... please get in touch for more details about the course, tutors and studios.

The studios are unheated so bring warm old clothes. The process involves hot wax and dusty plaster. Metal finishing has equal hazards so during the course it is required that everyone has full length strong clothing, preferably in natural fibres with no flappy bits to get caught and that cover wrists and ankles even in the summer! Strong leather work boots or shoes are a must.
If you have any dust masks/gloves/face shields/goggles that you prefer to work in please bring them with you, although these basic health and safety items will be supplied.

Butley is located on the Suffolk heritage coast and so there are many options for b+b, inns and self catering apartments [even across the road at the cottage and butley mill- and soon at the oyster] and nearby at Orford. Summer would require very early booking. There may be limited cheap but very basic options for camping on site and in the bothy, please ask for availability. Any personal needs please contact us, the studios do in the main have disabled access.

Jim Racine MA(RCA)

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tools, dust masks, visors and gloves.
Please see above for clothing advice.
Tea and coffee is provided but you will need to bring food. A microwave and fridge are available for use.
Materials are at cost and a medium-sized project is approximately £90 including casting fee and bronze price is currently at £9.50 per kg, the price fluctuates both ways.


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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly