Immortalised in bronze
Paul explains how he put together a project to honour the Discworld author
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.