My aim: to blog post daily, in the form of a draft work in progress, part thereof, or, at the very least, a line or two which aspires to poetry - a working wall, of sorts.
May the muse be with me...
Until then, here's an ekphrastic poem:
Twisted Form: The Heart
Create original model in wax. Use
model to fashion two moulds: plaster
outer, rubber inner; each, negative
forms of original model. Use
moulds to create hollow wax copy.
Dress to hide imperfections
until identical to original.
Coat in slurry and grit. Fire
in furnace, forming hard ceramic shell,
allowing escape of melted copy,
leaving only negative space.
Fill with molten metal. Cool.
Beat away/sandblast shell.
Dress metal, removing tell-tale
signs of casting. Reveal
perfect imitation of original
twisted form: the heart.
...and the inspiration - one of the exhibits at the Harold Martin garden, University of Leicester, until 30th October:
lost wax casting