Introduction to Bronze Casting
10th August 2022 - 12th August 2022
During this three day masterclass you will introduce you to the process of bronze casting, with expert tuition by David Snoo Wilson. You will learn about the lost wax process and develop your own wax model using basic carving techniques.
David will present the metal casting process in this hands-on workshop with his travelling foundry and you will be shown all of the benefits of this process.
This is an ideal course for anyone interested in bronze casting or learning about the process of casting metal for sculpture. No previous experience of working with metal is required and by the end of the three days, you will have a fully patinated bronze sculpture that you can take home with you.
Please note: This course allows for 1kg bronze sculptures to be made. If you would like to create a ‘larger than normal’ sculpture then these are priced at £50 per kg and are payable in addition at the end of the course.
Accommodation can be provided with this course making this a fully immersive learning experience and giving you the time and space to develop a new peer network.
If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
Wanting to make our courses as accessible as possible, we have set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
David Snoo Wilson is an artist and educator. Uniquely at the heart of his studio practice is the beautiful alchemy of melting metal. As an educator and technician David has worked At the RCA running the foundry and international has run courses and workshops across Europe. He specialises in bell casting and resides in Bristol where he set up ‘Ore and Ingot’ a travelling foundry, started by Jo Lathwood and David Snoo Wilson in 2012.
On the first day you will be introduced to Ore and Ingot, the Travelling Foundry and what bronze casting can do. You will be learning about wax working and how this affects your finished cast and have time to work on your designs.
You will be developing and refining your own wax model as well as developing the ceramic shell for your casting. David will introduce you to smelting and the preparations needed for the casting process.
The final day of the course is the pour day and will begin with burning out the mould, which is the 'lost wax' part of the process. In the afternoon, you will learn about pouring bronze artworks and get an introduction into metal finishing techniques. By the end of the three days, you will have your very own bronze sculpture to take home with you
Old clothes and appropriate footwear. all other equipment associated with the course will be provided.
Artists, sculptors, or students interested in bronze casting. You do not need experience of working with metal to take part in this course
Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.
Yes! All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are en-suite so you will have your own private space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the meditative space of the Studio. We provide you with your own towels and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
We offer Gift Vouchers for use with our courses and events.
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