Imagine using an artistic process essentially unchanged for over 5000 years. Such a technique, the lost wax method of bronze casting, has been a means of creating originals from artists original work since 3200 BC.
As an artist, I have been working in clay since 1995. Since that time, my pieces have become increasingly more detailed, with carved sculptural elements implemented into clay vessels.
Visiting art museums when I can, I marvel at bronze works. In fact, I remember the day I viewed a lost wax exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Patrons were able to see detailed cut-outs of the step-by-step process to better understand the intricacies of this labor intensive form.
Bronze casts leave a weighty and awe-inspiring impression upon those who have the opportunity to handle them in person. While on a planned visit to a northern Minnesota bed and breakfast, I was able to hold such a coveted bronze cast piece of art. And it was then, that I added bronze casting to my wish list of things to do.
Here is just a glimpse at the process of Lost Wax Bronze Casting.
Photo credits: John Shoop, American Bronze Casting Ltd.