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Bronze Medallion for DART

I am currently working on a large medallion that I will be casting in bronze at the Betz Art Foundry.  We have done several large medallions over the years and the first thing I do after I conference with my clients and find out what they want included in the design is I draw up a sketch and submit this for approval. After any design changes are discussed and made to the design I then do a mock up in clay, which you see me starting to do in this photo.

Once the mock up in clay is done the client and I will meet and go over any changes or additions to the design because sometimes things don’t always look the same when they are in the 3 dimensional format as they did in the 2 dimensional sketch.

After the clay mock up is approved and everyone is happy with the design I will begin to make a mold out of silicone and plaster.  This is done in many sections because when we go do cast the wax in bronze we are limited in size.  There are several reasons for this but the most important it that as the metal cools it can warp and shrink and you get less of this in smaller sections.

So first I make a mold and then from that mold I create a wax copy that we invest in a ceramic slurry . Once the ceramic coating is dry we will put this into a kiln and melt the wax out which also hardens the ceramic shell.  Into this shell we can pour the molten bronze.  We then break away the shell and weld the pieces together as you can see here in this photograph.  I am welding together a lilly onto a cross that will be sent to Glenwood Cemetary for a family memorial.

 

 

 

We then polish out all the weld marks and add a patina and the finished sculpture is ready for installation

About lori

I studied at the University of Texas in Austin in studio art and while there I was awarded an artist in residency grant at the Shigaraki Institute in Japan for a year. After that I traveled and studied with as many different instructors around the world with the goal to learn from each of them something unique. I studied in Greece with artist Alan Bain and in Cortona, Italy with artist Alex Deya. I came back to the United States in 1995 after years of studying and working in different part of the world and decided I was ready to open my own studio and gallery and to immerse myself in the process. Betz Art Gallery and Studio and was located in the Heart of Downtown Houston, Texas for 15 years and during that time I participated in many solo and group exhibitions and also created several small and large scale sculptures for public and private collections. I have collaborated with several renowned dancers to pose for me and be my inspiration. The sculpture “Swan Dance” was created with the help of Stanton Walsh, the creative director of the Houston Ballet and two of his soloists. In 2012 I decided to dedicate myself solely to my own work with a concentration on sculpture and opened Betz Art Foundry.. I have spent 25 years working exclusively in developing my talents as an artist and have displayed my art in both national and international venues. I have created numerous public sculptures including , two life sized “Angels Remembered” for a family memorial and a 6 foot “Cypress Tree Cross with Hummingbirds , Liliies and a Cat”, “ The Workers Monument”for the Chamber of Commerce in Pearland and the 7 foot “Battle Cross” and “World” Sculptures for the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, Florida, just to name a few of my public sculptures. I have also been commissioned to create several life sized busts for the CEO’s of major companies here in Houston, Texas. In the fall of 2015 I created the sculptures of the founders of Houston, “The Allen Brothers”, which are permanently install in front of Houston’s City Hall.
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