Introduction to Bronze Casting
With DAVID SNOO WILSON
3 day course 10am - 4pm
During this three day masterclass, you will:
- Be introduced to the process of bronze casting, with expert tuition by David Snoo Wilson.
- 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.
David Snoo Wilson
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.
David specialises in bell casting and is one of only a handful of bell-casters still active in this country. He has bells in the Royal household of the Prince Of Wales, among other places. In 2014 Wilson received the Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to research bell foundries in central Europe and he travelled around eastern Europe to explore ways in which the performance could be incorporated with the process of metal casting. Over the years he has received funding for his research and development into bells from Arts Council England, and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.
At the Ore and Ingot workshop, they teach hands-on foundry skills and knowledge, allowing students to work from the beginning of the process to the casting of a realised bronze sculpture. They also work on a one-to-one basis with artists and makers to help them realise their projects whether this is casting a memorial for a loved one, or empowering students with the knowledge to set up a commercial foundry.
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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 to metal finishing techniques. By the end of the three days, you will have your very own bronze sculpture to take home with you
We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.
We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.
Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).
All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering
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 have also 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.
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