Silicon Bronze Casting in Hand Shaped Limestone Molds.

This collection of work was initially produced for the Object Future III exhibition curated by Dale Hardiman and Suzannah Henty in Melbourne in 2015.

This exhibition gave me the opportunity to explore new processes and possibilities for a material that I have come to understand intricately. Rather than forcingperfection from a delicate natural substance such as limestone, this series explores imparting and permanently capturing both the natural textures of the limestone and the marks of the tools used to hand shape it.

There is, therefore, an inherent sacrificial element to the work, as the mold is sometimes destroyed in the process of revealing the final form. However, this series of objects and furniture are designed to be beautiful and enduring while simultaneously conveying the story of their origin.

Through a series of small trial pieces, I worked with a local Melbourne foundry to explore the way the limestone would behave when in direct contact with the molten silicon bronze

After proving that the process worked and observing they way that the bronze behaved as it cooled, I designed two larger furniture pieces – a stool and a bench seat.

The stool was designed to take advantage of the meniscus formed on top of the cooling bronze with the natural dimple forming the seating surface. The base was then turned from a solid piece of South Australian limestone to highlight the connection and between the two materials.

For the bench, two large had carved molds were filled to reveal the rough texture of the stonemasons pick. These two large structures weigh approx. 17Kgs each and form the legs of the bench with an American Oak seat.