Tony studied History of Art at university and trained at a bronze foundry in Devon. He began to produce his own work around 1976. His current focus is the creation of electroformed, engraved, patinated copper vessels.
The electrodeposition of copper was first devised about two hundred years ago. Objects are formed, atom by atom, in an electrolyte whose active ingredients are copper sulphate and sulphuric acid. The metal is exceedingly pure.
The procedure used to create the hollow copper vessels is as follows: a pattern is formed in clay; a mould is made; a solid wax is taken from the mould; the wax is wired up and a layer of silver conductive paint is applied; the piece is then immersed in the electrolyte for 72 hours; the wax is melted out.
The process, as well as being magical, is ecologically quite sound. There is very little waste, either of energy or material: the clay and wax are recycled to be used again; the electrolyte is a self-stabilising system; the current applied never exceeds 2 amps.
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