Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Casting..

It is very cold in the studio but the indomitable artist Kerry is hard at work; wearing a hat and a complete set of thermal underwear, he perseveres. The series ‘Polar Bears’ is nearly complete and many of the pieces are in the process of being cast at the foundry.

At the foundry the wax figures are individually dipped into a ceramic slurry which hardens around the piece and after the wax is melted out (usually with the help of a blow torch) the mould is filled with molten bronze. Once the bronzes have cooled, which takes about an hour, each piece is checked to make sure there are no bronze short runs which can result in missing fingers or toes.

Kerry’s narratives are usually made up of several figures and a base and these are then welded together and patinated or painted.