Emma has been working with bronze wire for many years, but has recently started to create pieces using bronze casting, too. There's a good reason why so many sculptors, across many years and many civilisations, have favoured bronze – it ages beautifully, and is tough, yet warm to the eye.
Working with Aron McCartney from McArt Studios in Barnard Castle, Emma's cast bronze pieces use the centuries-old 'lost wax' process. It’s a complex process, but in a nutshell: Emma makes an original from clay, which is then sent to Aron, who makes a mould from the original in a flexible rubber, and then produces wax copies from the rubber moulds. These are in turn are cast into bronze. Fine details such as fingerprints from the hand modelling can be seen in the finished sculpture.