RSA Open 2017

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Yes, I got selected, well “Firenze” did.

Thank-you to Jo for delivering the piece, Charles for the plinth, Axel for the photos, the Bradshaw bursary for getting me to Florence and the lovely people at Alchimia for their mentoring.

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It’s a small sculptural piece in brass, copper and silver solder with heat oxidisation inspired by the architecture of the Oltrarno, Florence.

RSA Open 2017 – pre selection

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Excited, I’ve been pre-selected for the RSA Open 2017 with this piece, Firenze, that I developed at Alchimia in Florence when on the Bradshaw travel bursary. I hope that it makes it through to final selection. I need to get on and finish it…

Malachite – copper ore

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This malachite arrived from Denmark this week. Thanks to Anders of the Experimental Historical Bronze Casting Group – see the internet does still have some good things. My intention is to try and smelt copper from it and I’m heading to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop to discuss options. It also occurs near to St Andrews, but I’ve yet to get any from this source. Malachite has been used to give copper for thousands of years.

Hot bronze – Scottish Sculpture Workshop 2

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I made some small jugs and some bowls to trial as new forms for casting.

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I left 5 sand moulds for hot bronze, more experiments…

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And this is a 3 bowl set, I can’t wait to get it cleaned and finished.

 

Scottish Sculpture Workshop (1)

I spent a week exploring developments of my casting. I managed to fit in two bronze pours and remake the moulds ready for a third.castbronzejan2017viii

This picture shows bronze ready to pour, with some mould boxes in the foreground.

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This picture shows small sapphires pinned into the beachsand mix. I am working on making sapphire windows in the cast bronze bowl.

Getting Started

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I’m heading back to the studio to start work on all the new ideas from my week at Goldsmith’s Getting Started course. First job will be the year planner. Fortunately I now have two – one from HSWalsh (a freebie in our goodie bag) and one from the Design Trust.

I also had a drink with the new owner of the fine silver bowl pictured on exhibit at Goldsmiths.

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.