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Cast your own bronze sculpture – and put in on public show

PUBLISHED: 10:35 15 July 2018

Bronze casting of the type that you see be involved in. Picture: 123 Images

Bronze casting of the type that you see be involved in. Picture: 123 Images

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We’ve all seen sculptures and public artworks made of bronze. But how do you fancy having a go at making your own then putting it on public show?

Suffolk sculptor Laurence Edwards who will be exhibiting in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn HallSuffolk sculptor Laurence Edwards who will be exhibiting in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

To coincide with an exhibition at Diss Corn Hall by Laurence Edwards, long been established as a sculptor working in bronze in Suffolk, Designermakers21, at the top of the Heritage Triangle opposite the Corn Hall, is offering the exciting opportunity to experience the design process: from taking an idea from research, through planning and modelling through to exhibition.

Experience Lost-Wax Casting, running over three consecutive Saturdays, from July 28-August 11, will see those taking part working with artists from Designermakers21 and The Portable Foundry Project, using ‘lost wax’ casting techniques.

Your work will then be exhibited in an exhibition ‘Discovering Lost Wax’, running in parallel to Lawrence Edwards’ exhibition at the Corn Hall.

Lost-wax is a method of metal casting in which a molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model.

Your bronze sculture will go on display as part of Discovering Lost-Wax. Picture: Designermakers21Your bronze sculture will go on display as part of Discovering Lost-Wax. Picture: Designermakers21

It has been practiced across the world for thousands of years meaning many famous artefacts are made using it. The oldest known examples are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure hoard in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolithic period (4500–3500 BC).

The three workshops start with researching from the British Museum collection, drawing and clay modelling, progress to making a small wax model for casting that will spend a week in the kiln, before the Bronze Pour Day when the Portable Foundry will be on site and you will see a bronze pour and your own sculpture being cast.

Sculptures will be exhibited in Discovering Lost Wax at Designermakers21 from the August 17-September 1.

Places on the project are £95 and you must be over-16. Tickets available from designermakers21

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