Course Provider: New British Art
Contact Name: Caroline Taylor
Telephone: 01267 275449
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Course Length: 2 days
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An excellent opportunity to learn the lost wax method of bronze
casting during this 2 day course led by experienced teacher Mark
Halliday RCA. All the materials and equipment you need will be
provided to enable you to make a small sculpture or object and to
cast this in bronze.
You will learn:
- about different types of bronze casting techniques
- how to manipulate modelling wax and how to use other waxes in the
- how to fit runners and risers (a sprue system) to your wax
- the methods and process of making ceramic shell refractory moulds
- how to burn out the wax from your mould
- about furnaces, crucibles and melting bronze
- about ways of finishing and patinating completed work
- health and safety considerations in relation to all materials and
- how you can start to set up your own foundry, if you wish
You will have access to:
- all the equipment you need to make a small sculpture or object in
bronze to take away
- expert tuition in every aspect of the process
- our library of sculpture books
- our collection of bronze sculptures by a range of artists
- our large studio space, with communal seating areas and kitchen
- explore our 9 acres of fields, barns and woodland for inspiration
Previous participants include sculptors, jewellers, glass artists,
ceramicists, blacksmiths, stonemasons, furniture makers, designers
and printmakers, for example. Anyone who loves to experiment with
an exciting process and learn new skills. Groups and children are
also welcome - please contact us with any queries.
This course is suitable for all levels of experience and will also
accommodate any who have previously taken part in a bronze casting
course and would like to have the chance to make another bronze.
The Tutor - Mark Halliday is an experienced artist and teacher and
studied in the Foundry at the Royal College of Art. He taught at
Cardiff School of Art & Design for nine years and, prior to
that, at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Mark
was a founder of New British Art, which has its base in
Carmarthenshire. New British Art is a not for profit artists'
organisation that works to create new artworks, opportunities for
recent graduates and provides learning opportunities at its studios
in Wales and external venues by negotiation.
The Venue - Cilyrynys is a former dairy farm in a rural valley
location just a few minutes' drive from the A48, near the National
Botanic Gardens of Wales. The farm has a range of spacious
outbuildings that accommodate artists' studios and workshop areas
for the course.
What's included in the price?
All materials and equipment that you need to make a bronze of up to
2kg (finished weight) is included in the price. We find that we get
many people who wish to take part in the course again and therefore
we have a discounted rate for returners. Tea, coffee, biscuits and
a light 'packed' lunch are included in the price.
We have a list of local B&B's where you can stay or you are
welcome to camp with us for 5 per night/person - this includes use
of a communal kitchen and lounge area in the evening and a hot
If you are interested in booking for a group or you have a
particular casting project in mind, please contact us email or by
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This is the second time I have been back to learn under Mark. I
will likely go again as as much as he teaches it opens new doors
and new ideas so I want/need to know more.
The facilities provide a no-distraction environment with all the
tools and supervision required to turn out some stunning work that
anyone would be proud of. After Marks' teaching the realisation of:
"I can do this" is akin to discovering opposable thumbs. It fills
the student with confidence as