Kerstin Stark:
Sculpture "Finding each other", bronze with cast stone


Kerstin Stark:
Sculpture "Finding each other", bronze with cast stone


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Bronze + cast stone | Polished | Size 14,5 x 18,5 x 6,5 cm (H/W/D)

Kerstin Stark: Sculpture "Finding each other", bronze with cast stone

"With her narrow and high-contrast style of contouring, Kerstin Stark, born in 1971 in Pforzheim, represents a young generation of artists who want to convey messages of everyday life with their bronze sculptures. Her classic education as a goldsmith enabled the artist to visualise even complex topics. Kerstin Stark uses polished bronze and deliberately contrasts it with a pedestal made from cast stone, coloured in black. The protagonist therefore gains a special power to shine.

On the way to happiness, this couple really does have to work hard. Nevertheless, they should not give up as they have almost reached their goal... Table sculpture in polished bronze with black cast stone pedestal. Height 14.5cm, Width 18.5cm, Depth 6.5cm."

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Kerstin StarkKerstin Stark messages of daily life brought lovingly to the point: With targeted contrasts the skilled goldsmith Kerstin Stark gives her sculptures a special expressiveness.

Her figures, sculptures and jewellery are ideal gifts for special occasions: bearer of tender messages, incentives and motivation for special situations.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.