Subjects in Figure Sculpture: Rubber Mold Making and Casting

Michael Magrath has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He discovered figurative sculpture while in his early thirties, and has since dedicated his life to the betterment of his craft and the furtherance of sculptural art. Primarily self taught, he has nonetheless studied and taught in a number of rich sculptural environments, including the University of Washington, the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and Gage Art Academy. Reflecting a decade spent in the building trades as a carpenter, painter, foundryman, and shop technician, he brings a craftsman’s approach to his work. Regardless, his interest in the figure naturally steers toward the narrative and symbolic. Of no particular denomination of religious faith, Magrath attempts to excavate, understand, and depict the universal truths that lie at the core of religious and human experience. His primary focus lies in the embodiment and reinterpretation of mythology in contemporary contexts, and is most interested in its potential to reinvigorate the human spirit, particularly in the face of the cynicism of the modern world.
1:30-4:30 P.M.
All levels welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
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Learn to make a reusable, multi-part rubber mold from an original figure or portrait sculpture. Atelier instructor Mike Magrath will teach you how to create rubber molds that can be used in multiple castings and in a variety of media–a necessary step between clay and bronze. Students of any skill level are welcome, however prior experience in mold-making is helpful. Students are invited to bring a sculpture to use in the mold making process.