Casting

In the world of metal, casting is seen as cheap, dirty and very economical. Lots of tourist mementos are cast in their millions and shipped off all over the world. It’s pure mass production.

I wanted to explore the process of casting metal and investigate how using different materials as a mould would affect the final object made. I am always curious to find where the opportunities are to experiment and consider where new potential can be found.

I’m always mining …

50/50

The teacup that my mother used to take medicine towards the end of her life while suffering from cancer. The self-corroding elements of the combined materials, pewter and lead, mirroring the effects of cancer as a destructive disease. The title refers to chance and a gamble in life. As you ascend the stack, the forms become less defined; the last element is the cup’s lip only.

Image of a series od stacked cast metal tea cups. The cup form diminishes the futher up the stack you go. 50% lead and 50% is the alloy.

50/50 (Edition of 4)
Material   Lead, Pewter
Dimensions   12 x 12 x 18cm
Year   2015
Location  Public Collection Plymouth Museum of Art UK
Available

 

Image of 5 cast pewter candlesticks. The packaging material has been kept wrapped around the silver candlestick a mould made and a casting of the wrapped candlestick then produced equalling all materials to one; pewter

BAROQUE
BEAUTIES

Using silver candlesticks bought initially from eBay, this series of five cast candlesticks are formed using the original packaging the objects arrived in; bubble wrap, cardboard and foam. We usually discard the packaging as junk, but I wanted to level the materials and create new forms using a classic production process. The mould disintegrated just a little after each casting, creating unique one-off pieces.

 

Baroque Beauties ( 5 Editions)
Material   Pewter
Dimensions   10 x 10 x 10cm
Year   2016
Location   Private Collections Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Australia

Image of a conjoined couple. Originally slipcast ceramic used as a one off mould. Now pewter only, as the ceramic was smashed off. Patination fluid simply dripped over the figures

COUPLED

The casting process destroys the ceramics figurine and reveals a pewter ‘shadow’ of what was once there. The features and details blur and soften like worn statues found in public spaces. The patination is then dripped over the piece and allowed to flow along the contours.

 

 

 

Coupled
Material   Patinated Pewter
Dimensions   15 x 8 x 25cm
Year   2019
Available

Image of a series of cast pewter plate

Heavy Air
Material   Pewter
Dimensions   20 x 20 x 5cm
Year   2015
Location   Private Collections   Australia, UK, The Netherlands

Image of a pewter plate with fresh cherries.

HEAVY AIR

These plates are a physical representation of a void or gap between two objects: here, two stacked plates. You see a new dish that captures the air and makes it tangible using 3 kilos of cast pewter.
My thanks to Wentworth’s Pewter.

REMAIN

An empty presentation box refilled. The aching void of missing objects replaced with what might have been. But now, in a total state of collapse and oozing from the container.

Remain
Material   Pewter
Dimensions   20 x 8 x 9cm
Year   2015
Location   Private Collection Australia

A detailed image of an old presentation box for silver cutlery with a puddle of pewter pouring out.
In image of the box lid open, revealing the inside. Pewter cutlery is shown and looks like it's melting slowly.
Image of a large cast pewter serving dish, the mould is made of aluminium foil

Every week, my family enjoyed a Sunday roast served on a large ceramic platter. Now, no longer used, I created a mould from it by packing aluminium foil tightly over its front and back. Pouring molten pewter into this and slowly swirling it, I waited and watched for the movement to cease, stillness to take over, and a shadow to remain.

STILLED LIFE

Stilled Life
Material   Pewter
Dimensions   45 x 30 x 8cm
Year   2015
Available