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/
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.
We are pleased to announce that Carolina Bronze Sculpture, NC’s only commercial fine art bronze casting foundry, has recently received a Rural Energy for America Program Grant for $50,000. This grant will help fund solar panels and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. The solar panels will generate over 75% of the current electrical usage and the geothermal project will heat and cool over half of the facility. An added bonus will be the pond used for the geothermal system. It will do double duty as a sculpture park and walking trail. Anticipated completion is December, 2015.
Carolina Bronze is dedicated to being environmentally responsible. Recycling and reusing materials is done as often as possible. “This grant will help continue our commitment to the environment and provide a sculpture park and trail that can be used by the community and visitors to the Seagrove area. This has been a dream of mine since I first built the foundry on this property 20 years ago. I am elated that it is finally becoming a reality.” says Ed Walker, owner. An additional pond with more sculpture and trails are in the planning stages.
The Rural Energy for America Program is sponsored by the USDA Rural Development Department. It offers small businesses in rural areas grants and loans to help pay for energy efficient and renewable energy projects. Area Specialist, Lynn Straughan, guided Carolina Bronze through the grant writing procedure. Carolina Bronze will be working with The RED Group from Lewisville, NC , www.redgroupnc.com who will be providing the solar panel array and Comfort South from Biscoe, NC, www.comfortsouth.com who will be installing the geothermal system.
Look closely for the step supports we sand cast in aluminum and the bronze handles and other details throughout the car that were cast using the lost wax process. These rough castings are shipped to their factory where they are finished and installed.
Just had this article published by the Copper Development Association’s magazine, Copper in the Arts.
Carolina Bronze: Sculptural Puzzle Solving
By Courtney H. Diener-Stokes
Captain Jack by Chas Fagan.
Sculptor Ed Walker dabbled in a lot of experimental materials before developing an affinity for working with bronze.
“It’s a lasting material,” he says, recalling a time when bronze proved itself. “It has stood the test of time and people trust in it. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, a lot of sculpture was experimental and some of it didn’t hold up and some did.”
Aside from his own work, the Seagrove, North Carolina-based artist’s 25 year-old business, Carolina Bronze, depends on it. “We specialize in fine arts bronze casting and fabrication,” says Edward’s wife, Melissa, who is a painter and printmaker in addition to being the V.P. and marketing director of the business. Their clientele consists of artists, architects, museums and non-profits. “Artists would be our biggest clientele,” says Melissa, particularly those who hail from the East Coast.
Carolina Bronze recently had the pleasure of working with Virginia Tech University to create a large scale class ring for installation on the campus.
The Big Ring features a side recreated from the 1911 ring and the university side of the 2011 class ring. The bezel includes the shield of the seal of Virginia Tech and the linking chain of class numerals – 1911 on one side and 2011 on the other. The CAD models were created by Balfour, the current Virginia Tech ring company. The prototype modeling and casting using the lost wax technique were done by Carolina Bronze Sculpture. The final finishing work was completed by Professor Emeritus Steve Bickley who also oversaw technical aspects of the project. For more information about the project, visit Big Ring.
The Trail of History in Charlotte will feature life-size statues of famous historical figures from Mecklenburg County’s past. This sculpture by artist Chas Fagan, takes a look at the lives of early settler Thomas Spratt and Catawba Indian leader King Hagler. The video explains the history surrounding Spratt and Hagler and follows Charlotte artist Chas Fagan’s process to create a statue commemorating these two men. (at around 10 minutes in) Shots of the foundry process at Carolina Bronze Sculpture are also included.
We have T-shirts in tan and grey with a newly designed logo on the back and Carolina Bronze Sculpture on the front pocket coming in soon. They will be on sale for $15 each. The polos are black with Carolina Bronze Sculpture embroidered in gold metallic thread on the front pocket for $25 each. Available sizes are M, L, XL, XXL. Let us know if you would like one!