Silicon Bronze vs High Fire Ceramic

Considerations in cost, production time, durability and value

In presenting fine sculptures in high fire ceramic (above Cone 8), I am trying to position unique work of quality at affordable prices. I have worked in preparing masters for bronzes and am very familiar with the foundry processes. Having the works foundered commercially has been too expensive and time delaying for a new artist in tight economic times. I can produce an original work or a series of similar works at a fraction of the cost and time of the foundry processes. I have work that I likely will cast in bronze, but I like clay. There is a coldness to bronzes, a removal from the creator that is not as rewarding.

While it is true that ceramics (even stone wares) are less durable than bronze, bronze is not perfect or maintenance free. Bronzes crack and break if dropped or mistreated. Replacing a patina on bronze requires replacing the whole finish, at considerable cost. Some patinas fade or change color in sunlight, etc. The finishes I use are colloidal bronze particles in an acrylic resin base. They accept chemical patinas, and are repairable at minimal cost. Broken sculptures can be repaired, although it is not foreseen that it is an issue. I have had approximately 30 sculptures on display or in storage situations and have only encountered one (1) broken finger and a broken toe in 2 years on unmounted pieces. The bases are solid stone and no breakable portions overhang the edge of the support.

The stone bases provide a connection to ‘earth’ and add stability far greater than wooden bases (which I tried 2 years ago). Wood tends to crack and discolor as it ages. The stones for the base are: Travertine marble from Montana, Italian marbles, and granites of mixed colors. Each piece is finished with my trademark logo of three raindrops inlayed with gold colored particles or gold-leaf, if desired. On the bottom is the label with piece name, description and my name. Additional show cards are provided for each piece.

High Fire Ceramics; Individually unique pieces, strong and beautiful. This is not terracotta .Fired to cone 8 or higher this work is durable and water resistant. The powdered metal bronze finish accepts low temperature patinas, and being acrylic resin based can be repaired with out refinishing the entire piece. Supported on felt backed travertine marble or granite , these works will not base split or easily tip over. Protecting themselves and your furniture.