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I was asked to produce a set of images as an introduction to the exhibition “chemistry of bronze” held at the Black Swan Arts gallery in Frome, Somerset (16 May – 15 July 2018).

The open brief had just one constraint, that the process of bronze casting would be amply illustrated in the exhibition and I should avoid repeating this.

So I visited the foundry, Art of a Fine Nature in Shepton Mallet, where bronzes for the exhibition were being made and what caught my imagination is what you see here – fragments of the ceramic casings and spills of bronze which are a waste by-product of the casting process.

Presented as fragments of fossils or artefacts from an archaeological dig, all these pieces were pulled from the skip into which the smashed ceramic casings are swept after being broken from the cooled bronze.

These images are available for you to buy as photographic prints in limited and unlimited series. Please visit this page for more information (contact me directly to enquire about limited edition prints).