Ausglass conference workshop: Evolving lost wax casting

Work by Evelyn Dunstan
Work by Evelyn Dunstan

with Evelyn Dunstan (NZ)

As part of the 2017 Ausglass conference, this six-day class with internationally renowned artist Evelyn Dunstan will take place in the kiln working facilities of the Glass Workshop of the ANU School of Art. The course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the creative freedom, versatility and intricacies of lost wax casting. Combining texture, colour, detail and challenging sculptural forms with the depth and dimension light gives to glass, participants will experiment and explore the benefits of Dunstan’s methods. As they work through challenges, they will also reflect upon their ideas in group discussions.

Topics covered will include:

  • Building wax forms: tricks, short cuts, and the development of skills necessary to work with wax in all its forms, from a hot liquid to cold solid. Techniques relating to manipulation, construction, master moulds and surface treatments will be discussed.
  • Mould making and refractory materials: how to modify refractory materials to suit the aims of individual casting projects, the advantages of different application methods in mould making and their related outcomes.
  • Sustaining a practice: working effectively and efficiently, recycling, minimising waste and reducing the need for finishing and cold working.
  • Developing new work: understanding the interaction between materials, techniques and process in individual works to gain control, predictability and precision.

About Evelyn Dunstan

Evelyn Dunstan works from her home studio in Auckland New Zealand. Coming from an arts background, Evelyn found her niche with lost-wax kiln casting in 2003, and has since explored the qualities of locally made Gaffer crystal. Modifying materials, techniques and methods, has allowed her to cast fine detail and control colour placement, taking advantage of the creative freedom for conceptual vision and innovation that the lost wax process encourages.

Evelyn has a passion for her surrounding environment, with her strong focus on ecological concerns influencing both her work and the process of its creation. Her work is displayed in exhibitions, public and private collections around the world and she passes on her unique approach to the lost-wax process teaching in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Turkey and Murano.

Dates: 30 Jan - Saturday 4th 2017
Times: 9am to 4pm with access to R&D studio space 4-9pm
Cost: $1,400 (students enrolled full time in tertiary education program $900).
Skill level: Intermediate

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