I went up to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop last week with my three large mould boxes and here are the two bowls that were cast. One sand mould didn’t survive the journey, but these two bowls should look good once I’ve cut off the pouring cup and generally given them a bit of a clean and shine.
They looked a bit like satellite dishes on the beach today, enjoying the Scottish sunshine, but they are more tactile and a prettier colour.
The block of sieved, cleaned clay, from Hume in the Borders, has dried in the sun (and wind). I’m hammering bits off it, then grinding it with the pestle and mortar. The powdered clay is then sieved and mixed with beach sand. This mixture, when it is correctly made up and moistened, can be made into sand moulds.
Here are three two-part sand moulds drying in the sun ready to go to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop to pour, because they are too big for my wee charcoal furnace. I’m hoping to make cast bronze bowls for my three shows this summer.
You can visit my studio as part of East Neuk Open Studios 21st and 22nd May and see my work.
This is my first ‘Borders Bowl’ for exhibition at Hirsel Estate, Coldstream in July. It is a work in progress:-
I made it using bronze cast in the clay/sand mixture from Hume Castle and the beach at Whitesands.
The clay is dried, then slaked:-
then dried again, then ground, before being sieved when dry and mixed with the sieved sand.
As you can imagine this takes some while.
I made up the mould in a two part sand box. The mixture of sand and clay has to be correct so that it holds the shape; and it has to be the right degree of moist. The former is removed and the sand box closed; and the mould is then dried ready to pour molten bronze. This we did on Friday at the Scottish Sculpture workshop. Thank-you Eden and Uist.
This is the bowl as it came from the sand:-
Come and see the finished piece at the White Fox gallery, from 24th July 2016.
I will be at the opening on the 24th and will explain the process if you remain confused.