- The Lost Wax Bronze Casting Process -
This process is very time consuming, laborious and costly.
Small works take approximately 4 to 6 months to create and life size works can take up to a full year when the Foundry is busy.
I began working as a Patina Specialist at ARTWORKS Foundry & Gallery in 1985-88. Even after securing a full-time teaching position at Merced College in 1988, I return to the foundry in Berkeley, CA to cast new works, create edition copies, work on large-scale sculptures and pursue 3D printing enlargement projects. For several decades I kept an art studio right next door, splitting my time between working on new sculptures there and creating waxes from my home studio.
Shown below: soft rubber mold surrounded by rigid plaster mother mold used to pour hot wax duplicates of 7 edition copies.
Teaching the Bronze Casting Process at Merced College
Seen here pouring molten bronze metal into plaster molds.
For 35 years I taught bronze casting in my SCULPTURE: 3D Foundations class at Merced College, where I would produce a variety of sculptures each semester for demonstration and lecture purposes with my students. I retired in 2017.