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ABOUT US

The Portable Foundry Project is the result of a casting collaboration between artists Alice-Andrea Ewing and Freddy Morris.

Based out of Riggle Street Foundry in the Suffolk countryside, we cast using the Italian Lost Wax method. The Portable Foundry Project's aim is to make bronze casting accessible to all. It originated from our own love of casting and aims to bring this enjoyment to others, artists and non-artists alike.

We understand lessons in mould making and general casting knowledge can save money for practitioners. We also believe strongly in Arts Education and the power of engagement with new materials and processes as a means of inspiring and building confidence in young people. Consequently, we offer both casting services and a range of educational workshops suitable for schools and individual practitioners. 

This project was supported by the StartEast Grant Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and

the Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Programme

 

ANNUAL CLASSES & COURSES

We offer scheduled group classes covering various parts of the casting process. Lessons in mould making through to wax preparation, investing with ludo, and basic patination can be arranged as well as classes that focus on specific skills. In addition to courses listed below, we often hold workshops through other organisations, the details of which we will publish as dates approach.

Our upcoming classes and courses are listed below but you can also join our mailing list for details of future events. 

Mint Market

Bronze Casting Project with Suffolk Libraries & BLOC Arts

Influenced by the Bury St Edmunds mint used through the 11th to 13th century , the Mint Market project is in collaboration with Suffolk Libraries. Students from West Suffolk College will be designing and casting their own coins inspired by the apocryphal stories and myths of Bury St Edmunds. 

 

Mint Market asks us to reflect on what we consider to be of value in our community today and what ‘culture’ really means to us as a society. Using local history and place as a vehicle for exploring these ideas, the Mint Market is a participatory project celebrating the potential of interdisciplinary exchange.

An Introduction to Bronze Casting April/May 2019

2 Part Workshop - Wax Modelling and Bronze Pour day

An introduction to the Italian or Renaissance Lost Wax casting method at our studio in Brandeston, Suffolk. Over a two part group workshop, you will produce your own small bronze sculpture, watch it being cast in bronze and have an introduction to the methods and materials of the casting process.

 

No previous experience needed! Children aged 9 + welcome with an adult.

 

Part I (Saturday) April 27th, 11am - 3pm : Introduction to the Lost Wax method and Wax Modelling Workshop

Learn about the history, materials and methods of bronze casting. You’ll have the day to model your own design or small sculptures in wax at our studio and select one for casting. Bring a pack lunch!

 

Part II: (Saturday) May 4th, 12pm - 2pm: Bronze Pour 

Return to the studio for the bronze pour and casting of your work. We’ll open the moulds on the same day and discuss what takes place during the casting process. 

 

Your finished work will be available for collection the following weekend (Saturday May 11th). We can also arrange the postage of finished works. A deposit of £50 is required and all participation fees must be paid before the course commences. Course fee covers the production of a design 8 x 8 x 8 cm in size. 

£110.00 per person. All Materials Included.

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SCHOOL WORKSHOPS &

PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS

Education and access are at the heart of the Portable Foundry Project and we are always keen to make contact with schools or organisations interested in hosting bronze pours or in taking part in our casting workshops. 

We’ve undertaken public demonstrations at local events and worked with organisations such as Aldeburgh Music and the Alde Valley Spring Festival to host casting workshops. We are always open to visits to our studios by schools or groups to watch bronze pours.

 

For upcoming public demonstrations, check out our calendar here

School Wax Workshops

Wax workshops involve a basic introduction to the medium of wax alongside a discussion of the casting process. These workshops can be adapted to suit a range of age groups. Schools are welcome to organise a trip to watch a bronze pour as part of these workshops. All wax is supplied by us. 

School Casting Workshops

Our School Casting Workshops are a totally unique learning expreince. We offer both Italian/Investment casting projects and one day Sand Casting workshops. Through the longer Investment Casting projects,  pupils will see their sculptures taken from wax through to bronze - attending a wax workshop and the pouring of their work. At the end of the workshops, students will take home their very own bronze sculptures. Similarly, our sand casting workshops allow students to produce a scratch-mould bronze relief over the course of a day. 

Previous Casting Workshops have been supported by Aldeburgh Music, Diss Fine Art Society, Suffolk Coastal Council, and Clock House Arts Charity. 

If you'd like to find out more or would like a pdf with details of some of our previous projects, please get in touch.

Bronze Pour Demonstrations

As a portable foundry, we are able to pour at most locations. We are also happy for visitors to come by our studio to watch pours. We've hosted school visits as part of casting courses and as one-off trips. 

For more information on any of our school workshops or demonstrations, contact us by email.

 

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