Bronze Sculpture by R. A. Mitchell
Works in Bucks County with the Delaware River Environs.
Focusses on the trees and natural surroundings around, and in the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. R.A. Mitchell is hoping to raise awareness through her sculpture regarding the fragility of the environs of the Delaware, and to bring the beauty of the river to others.
She works primarily in bronze to bring these “captured moments” to others, and hopes to continue to preserve what might be lost in the future.
R.A. Mitchell has been around water most of her life, and feels a deep connection to water.
Working with the outdoors around the Delaware River, she captures “moments” in the river environment. She searches for unique characteristics representative of the environs, and utilize the “lost wax” method of casting bronze to certain others can enjoy the nature of the Delaware River and its surroundings.
She spent a lifetime concerned about the environment, and being curious regarding how water changes the environs, and began focusing on the Delaware River while spending time with the river. The power of water, beauty of water, life-giving of water, need to conserve and protect water – the Delaware and its tributaries - led to her focusing her artistic energies around the river.
The Casting Process:
The “lost wax” process utilizes a wax on an object for a DBO “direct burn out”, such as a pine cone. The pine cone is coated with several layers of a special wax, coated with a refractory mold material, and then followed with a 24-36 hour bake-out in a special kiln. Following that process, the mold is then filled with molten bronze heated to approximately 1500-1800 Fahrenheit, and poured into the mold. After cooling, the refractory mold material is removed, which can be a lengthy process if the piece is intricate. Then the bronze is ready for finishing. DBOs are one of a kind, since the original is lost during the kiln process.
Objects that must not be lost during the sculpture process, such as trees, a mold is made of the desired subject, and then the above process is followed.
R.A. Mitchell has a deep desire to preserve nature, and only natural processes are used when making molds. Further, she always makes certain when collecting materials for DBOs, she never over-harvests and leave plenty for animals and nature.
Come see a few of her latest river bank pieces at Stone House Antiques Center.
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