A retired scientist, I was introduced to bronze sculpture by an African, from Burkina Faso, Kossy Traore.
In 2018, I first followed a training course in the Cévennes organized by my daughter, then I went to Bobo Dioulasso at the Taba Taba artistic center.
First of all, I make beeswax sculpture by modeling and carving with a knife. I then mold the piece in clay supplemented with fibers to avoid cracking. The next step is the wax removal by heating the pieces on a wood fire. It is this step that gave its name to the "lost wax" technique, although the wax is largely recovered and recycled. The foundryman, Kossy Traore, then pours the metal into the hollow mould. Either bronze or brass from recycled plumbing components or a mixture of the two metals is used. Once the mould has cooled, it is broken to expose the piece. After polishing, and welding if necessary, the part is patinated, i.e. coloured by chemical alliteration of its surface. Finally the part is waxed or lacquered and fixed on its support. Thus each piece is unique.