Casting Workshop – Portugal

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I was checking through my casting techniques today, to make sure that I pack what I need for Portugal. This is the cuttlefish casting, which I poured outside as the burning fish bone smells.

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This is the casting inside the cuttlefish. The cuttlefish texture can look really good (this is not a good example though)

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This is the same dog cast in oil sand, still with sprues and funnel. The oil-sand holds the detail and doesn’t flash the way the cuttlefish tends to. On the right is the wee bone original.

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And these are the three dogs – cuttlefish, oil-sand and beach-sand castings.

The beach-sand has a great texture which is why I use it for my work

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Fisher Gallery, Pittenweem

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My cast iron pieces have taken up a space at the lovely Fisher Galleries in Pittenweem. The Gallery is open every day (except Tuesday) and there is some lovely work here and at the other galleries in Pittenweem. A grand detour from the Fife coastal path, or a destination in its own right.

Three iron bowls heading to the Fisher Galleries, Pittenweem.

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I have finished this iron bowl that was cast after SSW Open Day.

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I think I have finished the smaller bowl cast that day too.

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You may recall that it emerged looking like this.

Both incorporated iron ‘beach-combed’ in Cellardyke and have texture from sand from Cellardyke.

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This third piece was made at a residency at SSW and has the imprint of larch cones.

I’m going to take these three iron pieces to the Fisher Studio and Gallery in Pittenweem later this week for their Autumn Exhibition, which runs until Christmas.