High Tea
Queen Anne Dolls

Mold Making

With the advent of cheap plastic mass production mold making in the 21st Centruy has become a dirty word.

Although all of my wooden dolls are hand carved using no power tools or molds nevertheless I still consider mold making itselt to be an art form worthy of masters.

All the great sculptors of the past had a working knowledge of mold making. They had to since so much metal work is cast.

Those lovely antique bronze sculptures with which we are all so familiar are cast from plaster of paris molds into which molten metal is poured.

I am now in the process of learning to make plaster casts for my own personal sculptures.

To create a perfect working mold requires all the skills and knowledge of any other hand crafted art form .

is a little like throwing the dice. There are so many things that can go wrong when one depends on the gravity and flow of the universe rather than human will.

In the past I made porcelain cameos using molds that I created myself. They were made with porcelain slip and fired in a kiln.

I am now experimenting with plaster casting and in the future will be experimenting with pewter casting.

Joel Ellis used cast metal for his wooden dolls' hands and boots.
I would like to try that myself one day.

And Now for Something Completely Different


** mermaid**

Much as I love carving wood primitives I am trained as a classical artist and have a love for the graceful art of the "Belle Epoque".
The images below are of bas relief sculptures cast in plaster of paris made from molds of my own design.

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** plaque**