What’s Going on in the Studio?

Custom bronze statue artist, Austin Weishel hard at work on his next monument
Custom bronze statue artist, Austin Weishel hard at work on his next monument

What’s Going on in the Studio?

Passion in My Artworks

I’ve always believed in being deeply involved in every aspect of my work, from the initial sketching and clay phase to the intricate processes of waxing, metal chasing, and welding. Although I typically stick to the initial phases, I recently have taken on more steps of the bronze sculpting process. Please see the Process tab on my website for all 11 steps. With the studio buzzing with activity, I have personally metal-chased and welded several pieces to ensure both quality and timely arrivals. I will be sharing more of those processes on my social media pages in the near future!

Bronze sculpture artist Austin Weishel sculpting a new bronze sculpture

With each piece that leaves the studio, I experience a whirlwind of emotions. There’s the excitement of knowing that clients will soon receive their new creations and the anticipation of the powerful emotions that each piece will evoke. However, there’s also a sense that a sculpture is never truly completed. I find myself constantly revisiting pieces, spending months refining folds and stitching to achieve the perfect expression. For me, finishing the clay sculpting stage is always the most challenging mentally, as it marks a pivotal moment in the creation process. With technology advancing in today’s world, there are new ways to speed up bronze sculpting. However, I will never move away from the clay stage. Hand molding the clay is the entire reason I became a bronze sculpture artist. There will never be a replacement for every stroke and movement I physically make during the sculpture process. I find it important to not just produce art work but to physically sculpt work of art that speaks to every single person that looks and touches it. I will never move a piece onto the next steps until the clay sculpture pulls emotions, this is why it can take longer for some pieces than others to ensure that each piece holds the utmost significance for what it is intended to represent.

It’s important to recognize that each sculpture is a labor of love that takes months to years to complete, not to mention the time spent sketching ideas before even touching clay. Despite the challenges and complexities involved, the studio remains a space of creativity and dedication, where each piece is hand-sculpted with meaning and significance. As I continue to pour my heart and soul into my work, I look forward to sharing the finished creations with the world, knowing that they will evoke emotions and resonate with viewers for years to come.

Custom Commissions in My Studio Today

Sketching: Custom Bronze War Monument , Veteran statue, Military service k9 monument, Firefighter memorial, (4) life size women statues, Basketball Coach life size statue, Knelling police officer statue, Sheriff officer memorial statue.

Clay Stage: Life size custom Bronze Firefighter Statue climbing a ladder and (2) custom Native American life size statues

Bronze Stage: Custom life size women on beach with dog and customized life size Bronze Firefighter “Forced Entry”, Juan Drago 1.25% over life size statue. Historical door plates (Dallas, TX)

Collaboration: Customized “Our Lady of Guadalupe” Statue with mosaic.

Patina Stage: (2) life size Firefighters and child, and 3 table top “Tools of the Trade”.

Recently Completed: Bronze Phoenix Statue, 10th Special Forces mini statues (5), Customized life size Bronze Firefighter Helmet, customized 6” “Our Lady of Guadalupe” Statue and tabletop “Seeking Justice” 4 of 100.

Bronze firefighter statue ready for the bronze factory. Artist: Austin Weishel
Wax from the “Lost Wax Process” for a custom Firefighter statue.

 

Life Size firefighter statue Forced Entry
Customized life sized Bronze statue “Forced Entry”

 

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Statue by Austin Weishel 6ft tall
“Our Lady Of Guadalupe” Statue standing at 6ft tall
Juan Diego bronze sculptures waxes off to the bronze factory By Austin Weishel
“Juan Diego”waxes off to the bronze factory! 1.25% over life size

 

 

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