This post is all about the emotionally evocative and fiercely modern edge sculptures Matt Buckley dishes out of his studio in England.
With over 20 years of experience as a sculptor, Matt Buckley is the creative director of Robert Harrop Designs LTD. He fell into the craft with the help of some guidance from his step-father Robert Harrop. The skills and ability to produce such visually striking sculptures is what enables Matt to make his vision for Edge Sculptures become reality and to thrive regardless of the collection’s fairly young age. Indeed being a very new collection, Matt looks forward to designing, sculpting and producing many new concepts well into the future.
The development process
The entire process is comprised of 6 steps.
Research and design
Step which starts out as a sketch and then progresses to the turntable for further pondering. The aesthetic focus is primarily derived for the creative mind’s eye and used as a guideline throughout the research process.
The sculpting process involves a smart blend of engineering and creative skill to produce a sturdy armature crucially needed for the weight of the wet clay being molded and the ability to leave a “deliberate rawness within the body” with every application of the molding tools being used.
Matt and his team are able to preserve the integrity of the original clay sculpture alive by pouring the pre-vacuumed liquid rubber used to create the mold. The liquid is poured in perfectly sealed case holding the clay model and once hardened it is skillfully cut to be removed form the initial model.
With the now available master mold, they pour in a mix of marble resin and then lower it into a vacuum chamber thus removing any excess air bubbles. Once the process is done we can see the first clean white sample.
Fettling, Sandblasting & Levelling
Preparation for painting is key and begins through the elimination of any unwanted mold lines and the removal of undesirable casting residue. Then, the sculpture is sand-blasted in order to give the design a “slight key”.
Painting & Finishing
Here we stand on the last step of the entire development phase. The color patterns are developed and a Studio Master piece is created, through which all subsequent production pieces will be derived afterwards.
If you’d like to find out more please go check out the whole process on their official website.