Im­mor­talised in bronze

Paul ex­plains how he put to­gether a project to hon­our the Dis­c­world au­thor

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This por­trai­ture piece is a sculpted bust of Sir Terry Pratch­ett. I made it as a pre­lim­i­nary study for a full length, large-scale sculp­ture that I’ll be mak­ing of the writer for the city of Sal­is­bury.

The bust is made in the oil-based clay Cha­vant. It has no wire ar­ma­ture in­side. Ini­tially, I worked from pho­to­graphs un­til I was happy with the ba­sic pro­por­tions. I then be­gan to work from mem­ory to try and cap­ture the ex­pres­sion of the man I knew. Only when I was sat­is­fied that I had a like­ness of Terry did I tackle his glasses and trade­mark hat.

The glasses were very fid­dly to make. They’re formed with fine wire with a light skim of clay. The hat was made sep­a­rately and can be re­moved.

The sculpt was then taken to the foundry, Sculp­ture Cast­ings in Bas­ingstoke, where a team un­der­took the process of mould mak­ing and cast­ing.

The fi­nal stages are fet­tling the raw bronze, be­fore ap­ply­ing the pati­na­tion and a beeswax pol­ish. There will be only 12 bronze casts.

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