The Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art recently hosted a six-day workshop in lost wax bronze casting that was taught via Skype and FaceTime. Mary and Ken Davidson (a Mississippi couple with prestigious, lifelong careers as professional artists, and also nearly 20 years of teaching bronze casting in Door County), joined forces with Bren Sibilsky and her husband Randy to make it happen.
The Davidsons drove up from Mississippi (over 1,500 miles) in 2012 and helped the Sibilsky’s create their foundry and personally teach the first bronze casting class at The Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art.
The 2012 class was sold-out and was a success with every student taking home a one-of-a-kind bronze work of art. With her new foundry fully operational, Bren was ready to conduct another workshop. During the planning stages for the 2013 workshop, Bren had the idea to electronically teach the class on her iPhone and eliminate the need for the long drive (and expense) for the Davidsons.
The six-day class involved many processes. Mary and Ken started with an electronic overview of the entire process. With constant supervision and instruction from the Davidsons, the students sculpted their original art in wax.
This is the first time a lost wax bronze casting class has been taught electronically, and the success can be measured by the students who produced beautiful three-dimensional sculptures and the high praise that was directed at all the instructors. For more information on this class, and other upcoming classes, contact the Davidsons at [email protected] or Bren Sibilsky at [email protected], 920.487.4200, or visit brensculpture.com.