Ed Walker, owner of Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, has attended a week long figure modeling class with well-known sculptor, Philippe Faraut in upstate NY.
During the week, Ed learned about sculpting both the figure and portraits. Ed commented that, “As one of the in-house sculptors for Carolina Bronze, this workshop greatly increased my skills with sculpting the figure. This training will help me with several upcoming sculpture commissions.” Visit http://edwalkerart.com
Philippe Faraut is a figurative artist specializing in life-size portrait sculptures and monumental stone sculptures. His media of choice are water-based clay and marble. From his extensive research of the human face he developed a technique of modeling the portrait that he shares with his sculpting students during his numerous sculpting classes and seminars taught throughout the US. Visit http://philippefaraut.com/
Here is Ed’s finished sculpture, titled “Balancing Time”. It was installed at the REALM Patterson Place Apartments in Durham, NC.
Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, has recently received an Incumbent Workforce Development Grant for $10,000. This grant was offered through the Regional Partnership Workforce Development Board. It funded 3 days of training on no bake sand molding equipment. The American Foundry Society came to Carolina Bronze’s facility to offer the training on June 24, 25 and 26.
Carolina Bronze is dedicated to providing the highest quality castings possible. This training has given 9 of our staff a higher level of knowledge about sand molding and core making processes used in established foundries. The course provided a detailed level of information about various types of sand and binders, their handling and usage, and how they work together. This course also provided an opportunity for hands-on practice using sand equipment, and gives participants time to walk through the decision-making process for evaluating quality assurance issues related to sand and raw materials, equipment and binders. “Getting this grant was a great opportunity that helped us bring in experts in the casting process. Our employees learned a great deal that they will be putting to good use soon”, said Melissa Walker, Marketing Director. Carolina Bronze is proud to be a corporate member of the American Foundry Society.
The American Foundry Society (AFS) is a non-profit association serving members of the metal casting supply chain both in the United States and abroad. AFS Institute hosts more than 30 practical courses, seminars and workshops annually on all metal casting processes, materials and disciplines, both in-person and online at AFS headquarters, in-plant seminars and other venues throughout North America.