Teaching period: from the 14th of May to the 24th of May 2018
The Jewelry and metal department of the Vilnius Academy of Arts has hosted a workshop on ceramic shell bronze casting. The course will be taught by David Snoo Wilson and Tom Railton of the Royal College of Art foundry.
The course was aiming to provide knowledge about methods and materials related to ceramic shell bronze casting. The course provided information on:
-How to use the material ceramic shell; -How to set up a small foundry; -Overview of the foundry process; -Mold making; -Wax working.
The course took ten days allowing time to experiment with materials and process. Over this period the students work was transferred from wax to finished bronze sculpture. The size of the bronze sculptures should be manageable within the time. So a large hand size or smaller. Students are asked to direct their work towards, Alchemy and Foundry: The Transformative Power of Fire and the Furnace. During the course talks relating to the content will take place.
About the teachers
David Snoo Wilson is a founder and artist that has been teaching bronze casting for the last 10 years, most recently at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Uniquely at the heart of his studio practice is the beautiful alchemy of melting metal. Specialising in bell casting and surrounding technology, he utilise a mobile foundry to cast bells in various location outside of the traditional industrial set up to create a spectacle and a show.
Tom Railton works in sculpture, establishing apophenic links between material, manufacture and site with a transtechnological approach to making and unmaking. He lives and works in London, combining an emerging and award-winning practice with a specialist technical appointment at the Royal College of Art.