Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry recently fabricated and installed a 16′ tall aluminum sculpture for artist and owner, Ed Walker. The piece titled “Pottery Time” was installed at the edge of a small park at the corner of E. Main St and S. Broad St. in downtown Seagrove, NC. This impressive sculpture features a 5’ diameter clock face reminding visitors to make “time” to see the many creative artisans that live in Seagrove. To celebrate the rich tradition of pottery, Ed chose a small pottery shape to mark each hour.
“It’s the place where people can meet to go shopping in Seagrove. It’s Pottery Time.”, Ed said.
Carolina Bronze Sculpture and Billingsley Atelier hosted a scratch block workshop and aluminum pour along with an Open House at the foundry in Seagrove, NC, as part of the stART18 New Year’s celebration. stART’18 – the International Celebration of Contemporary Sculpture is an world wide event sponsored by the Sculpture Network and is designed to celebrate and promote sculpture. Whether museum, studio, gallery or workspace, throughout the world, various art-oriented hosts opened their doors for all types of sculpture enthusiasts. The event took place on January 28 from 11am-4pm.
Participants could create their own design by scratching into prepared sand molds. Then they watched as our staff poured molten aluminum into each mold. The sculptures were cool and ready to take home within one hour. While visiting, visitors could walk through NC’s newest sculpture garden, home to over 18 sculptures installed around a beautiful pond.Many also took a foundry tour to see how bronze sculpture is made. A champagne toast took place at 1:30 pm and a potluck lunch was available for everyone.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has a rich history unlike any other institution of higher education. As it marked 130 years of service, the university commissioned a ceremonial mace befitting the distinctiveness and importance of UNC Pembroke. Showcasing the work of local artists, the mace celebrates the university’s heritage, mission and sense of place, including its indelible ties to the Lumbee people and southeastern North Carolina.
Atop the four-foot mace is a 13-inch red-tailed hawk, UNCP’s mascot. The hawk’s dual positon – taking flight or landing – symbolizes UNC Pembroke students taking flight to soar into the future and alumni who return home to reconnect with their alma mater.
The hawk is plated in 24 karat gold. The gold-plated pinecone footer pays tribute to the longleaf pine tree. Ed Walker sculpted the hawk and the pinecone. His foundry, Carolina Bronze Sculpture cast all the bronze elements of the mace.
The staff, which was crafted of wood sourced from the Lumber River basin, is adorned with the university seal, tobacco leaves, pine needle basket weave and pinecone patchwork designs.
The academic mace symbolizes the university’s governing authority. It is carried by the faculty grand marshal during convocation and commencement.
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings said each detail of the mace tells the story of the 130-year-old institution. It also serves as a symbolic link to previous generations.
To view a video about the making of the mace click here.