One of the first craftsmen that Alex worked with in Thailand was a bronze caster from Chiangmai, a master of the lost wax method traditionally used for Buddha sculptures: a model is made in wax then covered with clay, dried and heated. The wax melts and pours out or “is lost” through flues, leaving a cavity the same as the original wax. Together Alex and the bronze caster made the first piece: a bronze bowl encrusted with the coils that cover the head of the Buddha. As Alex recounts, “there was something monumental and primordial about the mass of bronze that flowed to make this vessel”.
At Alexander Lamont we work in both bronze and brass depending on the item. They are different because of the relatively higher copper content in bronze. This makes bronze slightly softer and a tone darker than brass. However, brass is often preferred due to its strength and the ability to create thinner, lighter pieces.
As part of the finishing process, we apply various patinas to our brass/bronze products in order to achieve the desired colour and finish. In 2013 the British bronze artist, Michael Talbot, came to our workshops to train our bronze patination artisans. He helped us with refining and improving the range of bronze finishes that we apply to our bronze pieces of furniture, sculpture, lighting and accessories. Michael has also been working with us to develop new patination processes and finishes that are innovative in terms of design and hard-wearing and durable in terms of quality.