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VIDEO: Art Students Bring Their Sculptures to Life in Bronze

Students remove molten bronze from kiln
Molten bronze is removed from the kiln before being poured into ceramic molds.

Each semester in Prof. Cort Savage's sculpture course, students have the opportunity to cast sculptures in bronze through the lost-wax process. Essentially, students create hollow wax models of their pieces, which are cast in ceramic molds to be replaced by liquid metal.

The latter portion of the process takes place in an outdoor foundry, located off of the Belk Visual Arts Center sculpture lab. The foundry contains a furnace with liquid metal and a kiln where the ceramic molds are heated to burn out the wax, leaving negative space for the liquid metal