What You Don't See

Posted by Christy Coltrin on

What you don't see when you look at Brad Oldham's sculpture is all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into each piece. After a piece of artwork is conceptualized and sculpted in clay, there is a list of craftsman-style steps that follow. Various molds are made on the clay sculpture for different uses in production. Wax is poured into molds, followed by work by hand to ensure each figure is perfect. The goal is that what is made in wax is exactly what is realized in bronze. From wax to rough bronze sculpture, there are 15 steps in between. Each rough bronze sculpture is then cleaned, polished, given a patina, and sealed before it is ready to sell.  

This is a snapshot of Brad Oldham's workbench.

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