Miniature bronze warthog in the foundry process

The foundry process is a lengthy one, the bronze is welded together and fettled, textures integrated. After quality checking, weld lines, removal of impurities and porosity, the pronze is patinated. The patination is technically the oxidisation of the bronze with chemicals and heat.

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Bronze sculptures are welded together and worked off, weld lines are hidden and expertly integrated.

By Stephen Rautenbach

My Portfolio: I am a sculptor and artist. I studied Fine Art at Mandela Metropolitan University. I worked as a fettler and an artisan at a bronze foundry for a couple of years.
I was a teacher of sculpture at Somerset College for four and a half years and also lectured space and volume at Stellenbosch University for a short period. I did teach sculpture privately. I have a public studio/gallery in Stellenbosch South Africa. I do private and corporate commissions on sculptural portraiture, animal and bird sculptures. Sculptures are made in wax, plasticine or plaster before I have them cast in bronze.
I am currently represented by the George Thornton Art Gallery in the UK, Nottingham, where I have sculptures on Exhibition.
Locally in South Africa I have a few bronze sculptures at the Posthouse Gallery as well as an extensive collection of bronze sculptures at my Studio Gallery, 44 Church Street Stellenbosch South Africa.
I do illustrative pen and ink drawings and the occasional lithograph.
My other website is and

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