Bronze Pour at the Foundry

March 2, 2018

I was lucky enough to be present for a pour of bronze into a series of molds at the Fundere Studios foundry in Sunshine (Melbourne) yesterday while I was there to collect my sculpture - The Bather.

It was fascinating.  The roar of the gas fired furnace drowed out all other noises in the casting area for the hour leading to the pour, while bronze ingots were melted in the holding crucible inside the furnace.

The crucuble was hoist out by an over-head crane and lowered into a pouring frame.  The frame and crucible were then hoist over to a gravel filled box within which were set a number of upturned molds ready to have the molten metal poured into their open bases.

The quiet that replaced the furnace being shut down was replaced by a wave of heat.  The glowing crucible exuded devastating heat and power.  Slowly the bronze was poured in each mold in turn until there was none remaining - then the crucible was carefully lowered back into the still shimmering furnace.  It was great to witness a process that many people would not have the opportnity to see - especially an artist whose work is the product of this ancient method (albeit aided by overhead cranes).  Hope you enjoy seeing something of this ancient method of art.


 Lowering the glowing liquid bronze filled crucible into the pouring frame


 Pouring the bronze into the molds



 Glowing bronze hardening in the molds

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