Boudoir and maternity photography are growing trends overseas that are starting to find ground in South Africa. Boudoir portrait sculpture takes this trend to the next level. Commissioning a nude portrait is a unique way to celebrate the diverse forms of beauty presented by our bodies. This celebratory form of sculpture is a wonderful way to mark out important moments or milestones. As a husband-and-wife team, we bring a unique approach that creates a joyful experience from start to finish, and an artwork to treasure forever. Consider commissioning a bronze sculpture to commemorate your wedding, anniversary, milestone birthday, or pregnancy. Or we can simply sculpt you just as you are, in this moment.
An initial photo shoot helps the client select the desired pose. From this we put together a detailed quotation. Then, further reference shots are taken from a 360 degree view, to ensure a likeness. Sculpting of the original piece from artist's clay takes roughly six weeks. Once the client approves the original, the sculpture enters the foundry process. Lost wax casting is an ancient technique used to create metal sculptures. It originated in Mesopotamia in 3500 BC. A rubber mould is made to create a sacrificial wax replica of the sculpture. This is then dipped in successive layers of ceramic binders and sands to build up a thick ceramic mould capable of withstanding the high temperatures of molten metal. The sacrificial wax is then burnt out, leaving a cavity in the form of the sculpture. Copper is then melted down and mixed with silica and manganese to create molten bronze. This is poured into the ceramic mould. Once cooled, the mould is broken off with hammers and chisels, and details are worked in the bronze using drills and angle grinders. The finished product is coloured with nitrates and sealed. This is then carefully packaged and couriered to the client.
Contact Claire on +27 711352793 or email us at email@example.com to discuss your boudoir or maternity sculpture commission. We would love to work with you to create a bespoke piece to celebrate something worth remembering.