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Nick Petronzio
Nick Petronzio - Sir William Macdonald, Clay 4
“Sir William Macdonald, Clay 4”
EM-338 06 Red DE Clay. See the artist's comments about working with this material below.
Nick Petronzio - Sir William Macdonald, Clay 3

Nick Petronzio - Sir William Macdonald, Clay
Nick Petronzio - Sir William Macdonald, bronze
Nick Petronzio - Sir William Macdonald, Bronze face detail
A sculpted bronze monument of McGill founder and philanthropist Sir William Mac Donald by Artist Nick Petronzio. The sculpture was modeled in Laguna water clay EM-338 (Red DE) on a steel welded armature then molded in silicone rubber & cast in wax. The wax casting was sectioned, gates & sprues were attached and it was shelled in ceramic. The sculpture was then cast in bronze employing the the lost wax method. The bronze was tig welded, chased and mounted onto a base. The sculpture is located at the entrance of the Mac donald Campus in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec, Canada.

"Laguna 338 (Red DE) clay is my material of choice for sculpting figurative work. The advantage of water clay is that its consistency can be adjusted to fit the circumstances in which it is being used. As the sculpture is initially modeled, the artist can build up the anatomy of the figure rapidly with the soft wet clay. As the work progresses one can keep spraying the clay with a water mist bottle to keep the piece moist and workable. I personally prefer this type of clay for portrait busts & life like figure work. The 338 (Red DE) Or Laguna Clay's EM-217 WED clay surface allows the artists' hands to glide easily over the form, feeling the composition and maintaining a smooth slick feel. Between modeling sessions, the work can be covered with a damp rag and a plastic bag depending on the level of moisture one desires to work with. As the work progresses the clay can be allowed to gradually harden with less and less moisture applied so that detail can be modeled into the sculpture. A wet or dry paintbrush, textile fabrics and sponges become valuable tools when working with Laguna WED clay and Laguna 338 (Red DE) as they can be used to blend or emboss detail and attain an interesting variety of textural surfaces." - Nick Petronzio, Sculptor

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