Andy Ryder

Bronze Casting

After being invited to a Celtic re-enactment group, Andy discovered there was a call for bronze torques, cloak pins, belt buckles and spear heads. There being no internet then, he headed to the library, where he discovered a book on creating a backyard foundry and embarked on a journey to start making. 

Contacting the Warstone & Turner foundry in Birmingham he was able to train there for six months, learning the lost wax / ceramic shell method. Andy then became a member of an artists’ cooperative in Plymouth for three years,  taking on commissions for local artists and art students. After moving to Somerset Andy now creates his own artwork, as well as commissions.