Fine Art Metal Casting is the first truly comprehensive and up-to-date guide to mould making and fine art lost wax casting. Mould making and the lost wax casting of metals for fine art are long-established techniques, which involve both artistic and material science considerations. Techniques are currently taught by the process of practical demonstration, which is both time and facility consuming. Furthermore, since an understanding of elements of the casting process requires an understanding of the whole process, teaching is often laboured. Whilst there is no substitute for practical experience, access to this demonstrative source will substantially increase understanding of the processes and inevitably free up valuable teaching time. The methods described in Fine Art Metal Casting cross a broad range of disciplines that are not all associated with the sculpture foundry. For instance, mould-making methods and materials are used by practitioners from ceramics and glass through to jewellery and areas of conservation, archaeology and palaeontology where replicas must be made. Mould-making processes are also used in many design areas from vehicle prototyping to interior design.
Therefore, this is a book which is accessible to practitioners of all levels of knowledge and experience. Fine Art Metal Casting provides a unique, all-encompassing, visually based demonstrative source which will prove invaluable for art-, craft- and design-based practitioners, art historians and curators, scientists and conservators, and researchers and students.
RICHARD ROME is a sculptor and the foundry tutor at the Royal College of Art. He studied sculpture at St Albans and Chelsea Schools of Art graduating in 1966. His sculpture has been exhibited widely both in the UK and USA and is held in public and private collections. Bronze casting has formed an integral part of his practice and teaching and he has lectured at numerous FE institutions, introducing bronze casting facilities to Brighton Polytechnic, Canterbury and Wimbledon Schools of Art. In 1991 he was invited to join the Royal College of Art Sculpture School and design and build a new bronze foundry with specialized ceramic shell facilities. The RCA foundry has developed under his leadership since to combine masters of arts and masters of philosophy courses with ongoing research programmes. HAMISH YOUNG is a practising artist and recently completed a research assistantship at the Royal College of Art. He studied sculpture at Cheltenham & Gloucester CHE where his work challenged orthodox foundry processes before graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in sculpture through the foundry route in 1998. Since 1994 he has lectured in sculpture and run foundry courses for FE students at various institutions.