Tony Paterson Studio, Buffalo, NY

The plasters shown here are to be cast in bronze.  Plasters by their very nature are easily subject to damage if exhibited. Plaster sculpture of course, has its own appeal; it takes on a very handsome quality when put through the mold making process. Plasters must be shellacked and sealed with wax in preparing them for the flexible mold process. Removing the rubber mold further subjects the surface of the original plaster to grime and subtle discoloration. This process in effect, by comparison, causes the plaster to take on a quality similar to bone or a meerschaum pipe. Since my work is very organic, this process is very natural to the image.

Another consideration for bringing my work to completion in cast bronze besides a permanent status is that I like to create environments for my forms, very much as I do for my smaller sculptures. In order to do this, I need the original plasters to form close fitting shapes or environments so that they will conform properly to the finished cast bronze because wax and bronze shrinks in the casting process, further complicating the process.

The photographs of the plasters were not always taken under the best of conditions. Very often the plasters were in the studio under dim light and confined studio environments. In some situations they were in temporary exhibitions under unusual placements.

In any event, I expect that the plasters shown along with my finished bronzes convey the quality of my work. The plasters portrayed are only a representative portion of my total output.