Future class dates TBD.
In this course we will explore making small cast bronze sculptures using ancient methods. You'll mold small wax patterns with clay and other natural materials following Indian, African, Meso-American, and Japanese techniques. The molds will then be fired with charcoal and cast in bronze or aluminum. You can expect to make two to three works and develop skills, including wax working, clay molding, and melting metals, which will enable you to make small sculpture with low-cost recyclable materials. Alternative melting methods (primitive furnaces fired with charcoal) may be explored based on student interest. Attendance at the first class session is mandatory, as important safety information is presented.
Instructor: Wayne Potratz is a Professor Emeritas from the University of Minnesota Art Department with more than 50 years of metal casting experience. His work in cast bronze, iron, and aluminum has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen at www.ironwain.com. Potratz has done extensive creative research in historical and cultural methods of casting metals, through travels in India, Japan, Korea, China, Turkey, and Europe.