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Doug Johnston Bronze Vessels

09:53AM, 3/ 2/18

We are thrilled to introduce a limited edition of bronze vessels in collaboration with the inimitable Doug Johnston. Longtime fans of Doug's work, we put our heads together to find a way that we could work together on a special project. Working closely with Chicago foundry West Supply, we landed on the direct burnout technique, in which a collection of Doug's signature rope vessels would be cast in bronze. In this process, each piece was coated in a ceramic slurry and heated to over 1500 degrees to burn away the original cotton pieces, creating one-of-a-kind molds that allowed them to be transformed into an entirely different medium. The exceptional result is a series of five unique bronze works, with Doug's singular style displayed in a striking new way.

 

This limited edition of 5 unique pieces is available exclusively through Patrick Parrish Gallery.

50 Lispenard Street

New York, NY 

www.patrickparrish.com

212.219.9244

info@patrickparrish.com

 

Scroll down to see the complete edition, as well as the process involved in transforming them from rope to bronze. To see more of Doug Johnston's work visit www.dougjohnston.net

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The process started with a series of cotton rope vessels hand-made by Doug Johnston.

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Each piece was repeatedly dipped in a slurry to create a ceramic coating.

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The rope vessels now within a hardened ceramic shell.

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Sprues are added for venting and eventual bronze pour.

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The pieces are fired in the oven, burning out the original cotton rope and leaving a negative space within the ceramic shell.

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Molten bronze is then poured into each ceramic mold and allowed to cool and harden.

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The ceramic shell is broken off, leaving a raw bronze casting.

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The sprues removed, the vessels are now ready for the final steps of finishing and patina.

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