SSW Residency: Tattiefields In Process
by Katie Anderson
After a very manic and fast moving two weeks, my time at Lumsden is once again up. For the first time, my trip to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop was project focused – I arrived on site, with a list of requirements to be completed in 12 days.
As usual, turns out I was pretty unprepared – and over prepared with all the usual unnecessaries – but basically, sand moulds are complicated. A thing of wonder and beauty, but complicated. (Thanks to Logan and Ralf on work experience for getting this started off).
Wax room, in which I have a love-hate relationship. And the overly complicated nature of sprue-ing up pieces.
Sand mould 1 week later – still complicated. Pantera is the incentive in the metal work department for getting stuff done quickly.
Ceramic shells, each incasing hollow wax pieces built up in layers to create a solid (theoretically) mould for pouring. Lessons learned there.
POUR TIME. Three pours, over two days. Huge relief to get these done successfully. Thank you EVERYONE!
‘Hot potatoes! – Is this ever going to get old?’ Nope. Really, still hot – fresh from the shells.
With a little cleaning..
And a bit more. Next stages include sandblasting and patinating, the final colouring process.
More details. (With the lovely Moomin soft focus in the background.) There’s plenty more to see – I’m saving the best bits for the big reveal, and the few processes still to go through.
Stay tuned, more to come soon! #tattiefields