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Bass-Relief Sculpture

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From our everyday coins to the astonishing Parthenon friezes, bass-relief sculptures are created by initially drawing on a flat clay-slab and then building up the figure/image to produce a 3D appearance.

Pronounced “bah-relief”, (a term which originally stems from the Italian phrase basso-relievo and directly translates as low relief), this technique has been used for centuries by cultures right across the world to capture and immortalise pertinent images or symbols.

Here on the Sculpture Course I teach the basics of this technique and supply information on simple mould-making, which can be carried out on a kitchen table at home for anyone who wishes to render their clay sculptures in a more durable material (plaster, cold-cast-bronze, bronze - or even chocolate) as keep-sakes or as presents for friends.

Sculpture

Sculpture

Some examples of my own work

(including many bass-relief sculptures)

The Fall of Icarus - Bass Relief Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Crouching Tiger - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Walkies - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Falling Boy - Bass Relief Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Tang Dynasty Horse - Replica by Kate Newlyn
Alexander - Sulpture by Kate Newlyn
The Gossips - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

THE FALL OF ICARUS

Bass relief Bronze resin, wire and thread 

CROUCHING TIGER - Bronze

TANG DYNASTY HORSE - Bronze replica

WALKIES - Bronze

FALLING BOY

Bass relief Bronze

ALEXANDER - Bronze

GOSSIPS - Bronze resin

To See the World in a Grain of Sand ... - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

ETERNITY.

Bronze

Marriage - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

PARTNERS - Bronze 

Portrait by Kate Newlyn of HRH the Duke of Goucester

HRH Duke of Gloucester - Commissioned Bronze

The Race - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

THE RACE - Bronze

The Fall - Bass Relief Sculpture by Kate Newlyn after Hendrick Kley

THE FALL - Bass relief Bronze (after Kley)

Grief - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

GRIEF - Bronze

Portrait by Kate Newlyn of HRH the Duke of Gloucester
Defiance - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

HRH Duke of Gloucester

DEFIANCE - Bronze resin

Bird on a Bottle - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Siesta - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

SIESTA - clay for Bronze

BIRD ON A BOTTLE - Bronze

Now - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn (Dedicated to my late sister Sally)
Partners - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Echo - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Seven Deadly Sins - Bass Relief Sculptures by Kate Newlyn
The Nativity - Commission by Kate Newlyn
Turkish Goatherd - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

NOW - Bronze - Dedicated to my late sister, Sally

MARRIAGE - Bronze Resin

TURKISH FARMER

Bronze Resin

NATIVITY - Jesmonite Plaster - Commission

ECHO - Papier Mache & wood

SEVEN DEADLY SINS - Bass relief Bronze

Testing the Water - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Acceptance - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Freedom - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Horse Portrait - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Pride comes before a Fall - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Late! - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

TESTING THE WATER - Wire

HALLELUJAH! Wire 

HORSE PORTRAIT COMMISSION - Bronze

FREEDOM - Bronze Resin

PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL - Wire

LATE! - Wire

Wire Woman - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

WIRE WOMAN - Chicken wire

Hanging Out - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn

HANGING OUT - Wire

Promethius - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
to my economist father W T Newlyn
Econocaust - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn (detail, showing Workforce)
Econocaust - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn - (detail showing Government)

PROMETHIUS UNBOUND - Bronze

ECONOCAUST - Mixed Media

Econocaust - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn (dedicated to my father WT Newlyn - - the 2008 economic crash
Meltimi (west wind) - Bass Relief Sculpture by Kate Newlyn
Olive - Commision by sculptor Kate Newlyn

OLIVE - Portrait Commission

MELTIMI (West Wind ) - Plaster

Apart we Exist; Together we are Whole - Sculpture by Kate Newlyn (dedicated to my twin sister: Gill)

APART WE EXIST; TOGETHER WE ARE WHOLE

Bronze - Dedicated to my twin sister, Gill.

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