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Display Cases: Bronze casting sculptures
September 26, 2016 @ 12:00 am - October 28, 2016 @ 12:00 am
Celebrating 5 years of bronze casting sculpture courses at Morley
This exhibition celebrates 5 years of bronze casting sculpture courses at Morley College’s Sculpture studio, showing work by present and past students of these courses alongside the tutor Terry Jones, technician Alex Harley, and initiator Giles Corby.
The first course in October 2011 was initiated and facilitated by Morley sculpture tutor, Giles Corby. Giles invited Slade School of Art sculpture department colleague and master bronze caster and sculptor Terry Jones with over 45 years’ experience, to teach the course. Together they designed and built a furnace for the melting of the bronze and over the years gathered the necessary specialist equipment.
Morley sculpture tutor Alex Harley has been technician throughout and recently completed the Brian Mercer Bronze casting residency in Italy through the Royal British Society of Sculpture. This 5 day short course introduces the art and techniques of lost wax bronze casting. Students participate fully in the different processes from modelling their designs in wax, learning the moulding techniques, seeing their work cast with the molten bronze and finally learning the metalwork and finishing skills to complete their cast bronze work.
The Morley Bronze course has flourished with excellent student feedback and has evolved from running once per year to three courses per year including a summer master class. The quality and diversity of work demonstrated in this exhibition celebrates its success.