Cast Bronze by southwest artist Harry Leippe from Las Vegas, NM. Please visit the rest of Harry's's gallery as well as Artists of the Southwest's other
outstanding work by southwestern artists. Thanks.
The bronze is cast using the lost wax process. The metal alloy is called silicon bronze and cast (poured) around 2000F into ceramic shell molds. In order to reduce weight and to make larger pieces, molds are made from real rocks and from these molds bronze replicas of rocks are made. The bronze is hollow, of course, and is lighter than a solid real rock.
When a base is included, I prefer a dark walnut but sometimes oak. Some pieces are mounted on turntables which are concealed. All bronzes have a name and date on the inside and a small signature inconspicuously placed on the outside. Each piece is unique, i.e., there are no copies. I enjoy commissions.
For an excellent survey of the lost wax process used in bronze sculpture, see www.shidoni.com.