Australian Contemporary Art

Eddie Wentorf

Making Bronze

Eddie Wentorf in the Foundry

Born in Germany, Eddie came to Australia at the age of seven, and developed a love for bronze as a sculptural medium. Formal training in commercial design, and extensive foundry experience led him to open his own foundry. With his sons David and Robbie he produces a wide range of bronze Australian animals in their family-run foundry in Tasmania, Australia.Wentorf  Bronze skillfully employs a traditional Foundry casting technique to produce an exquisite range of bronze Australian animals. Every cast is unique. Each piece is first produced in wax that is then coated in a ceramic slurry to build a shell of 5mm thickness. The wax is removed under steam pressure and the ceramic shell fired to 1000° Celsius to remove the wax and vitrify the shell. Molten bronze is then poured into the shell. After cooling, each shell is sandblasted off to reveal the bronze. Each piece is patinated, polished and clear coated.

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