SACI Fall 2014 Sculpture class field trip to Pietrasanta + Carrara: bronze casting and marble carving

SACI Sculpture fieldtrip Fall 2014 to Mariani Foundry

SACI Sculpture fieldtrip Fall 2014 to Mariani Foundry

Once again this fall, the SACI sculpture class (undergraduate, post-bac, and MFA students) went on a field trip into the marble mountains of Pietrasanta and Carrara to see bronze casting and marble carving in action.

Mariani Fine Art Bronze Foundry is one of the big foundries in the world of sculpture and is located in Pietrasanta, in the Province of Lucca. Normally visitors are not allowed into this foundry because the processes and the artist copyrights are protected, so photos are not usually allowed! But with SACI Sculpture Instructor John Taylor, the class was given special permission to visit the foundry. SACI students were able to watch the molten bronze being poured which takes place at a temperature of 1,300 degrees! They also visited the wax, investment, and patination rooms to see the other steps of the process where artists can bring their sculpture designs to be fabricated.

They visited the Cooperative in Pietrasanta to see the marble studios where they were able to watch modern methods of sculpting in marble. The class headed to Carrara (30 minutes away) to walk in the beautiful stone quarries — the white cathedral caves of Carrara — the same area where Michelangelo chose his marble to carve some of his most famous works of art. They also visited the Mosaic Cooperative Studio and the workshops of Dutch artist is Margot Homan and sculptor Kirsten Ortwed.

(All photos courtesy of John Taylor.)

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SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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