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Bronze foundry process. My Giant Octopus The Kraken’s arms and suckers in bronze, before assembly in fettling at the foundry. Bronze sculptures are welded together from many separate bronze parts;

The pieces are hollow cast like a large Easter egg of bronze;

The ceramic shell application process depicted below, is the ceramic mold application before wax is flushed out and into which bronze is cast;

Below please view a short clip of the raw bronze freshly broken out of its ceramic mold, after sandblasting, gating still attached;

The whole Giant Octopus sculpture will be assembled and welded together like a large jigsaw puzzle, this monumental sculpture takes eight to ten weeks for production on order if it is not immediately available. Limited edition. /6..

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 www.stephenrautenbach.co.za and www.stephenrautenbach.com

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