As the new year and decade is upon us we decided it would be a good opportunity to introduce you to some of the team. Appearing regularly in our Instagram-feed Andy and Neil are an integral part of the running of the ship here at Bronzecast and we thought it might be nice to let you know a bit more about them.
Andy started working in the wax shop over 25 years ago at the Phoenix Foundry. He was trained in mould making, wax work and patina and has loved it ever since. He then spent 5 years working at Monument Foundry in Auckland N.Z. developing his skills and expertise on the other side of the world.
After moving back to the UK he became a teaching assistant in a junior school before turning his hands back to foundry work at Bronzecast. He enjoys all aspects of the foundry process as each sculpture we work on demands its own care and attention to detail from moulding and casting to the final patina. Working with an artist finalising the patina on their work is his favourite part of the process as it finalises all the effort made to produce the end sculpture.
His experience has covered a wide variety of scale – from small figurines to large equestrian sculptures.
Neil is creative designer with over 14 years experience working in a number of print houses and design agencies before setting up as a freelance creative in 2013 to pursue a more varied creative career.
His passion for harnessing technology and traditional methods to produce his work leads him to explore new techniques and materials to give his creative practices a wide range of solutions. He has a history working with sculptural mould making and casting, producing reproductions of sculptures and models for clients as well as personal projects. In addition to design and photography he also works within the fields of furniture making, product design, illustration and printmaking.
He initially joined the team at Bronzecast to create the website and branding for us. This soon became more than just a design based role as his past hands-on experience naturally lent itself to being utilised at the foundry. He now works a few days a week with us photographing work, mould making, casting and finishing bronzes and maintaining our website.