The allure of copper – Stone to Bowl

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Alongside the traditional copper casting project I have done a copper/silver cast; using plumber’s copper and silver.

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and two-part sand moulds. This is partly sustainable, with all materials being recycled; but the heat used is gas.

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One of the pieces sold unfinished at ENOS 2018. The bowl has a metal ‘pebble’ inset, a blue heat patina and is almost clean copper on the exterior because I used a different greensand on the outside.

Some learning – try different sands to give cleaner surfaces but retain textures, cost in the silver, keep experimenting, copper is an attractive metal although challenging to work with.

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Pewter flow bowls

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I’ve been making some small pewter flow bowls, again a request from an ENOS visitor and getting ready for Pittenweem Arts Festival (venue 53; 4th-13th August)

They are cast in sand moulds, include a piece of seaweed and are poured in stages  (I’m not sure how to describe that) so that you can see how the metal flows.

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

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.

Emerging artist in residence SSW Week 3

I had a successful firing of my new furnace and made this beautifully coloured tumbler. I think the colour is partly from the sand-mix from Auchindour which has iron in it.redtumblerviii_enos

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I also cut back a large bowl that hadn’t cast fully and achieved a perfectly acceptable bowl, which I textured and patinated.

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I textured and patinated my sound stone from ‘Mary of Guise’ beach:

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Also a Cellardyke sand tumbler got finished (texture and patina). May still work on the sparkle factor:-

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I used the Auchindour sand to cast a wee silver piece to sit in the copper ‘goblet’ made in Week 2:

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And this pour also gave a lovely piece of ‘waste’ for my collection of pieces to be developed into wearables.

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I did a lot of editing of the to-do list, but all in all a very productive three weeks.

Thanks to Eden and everyone at SSW