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Matcham Skipper: Metal Sculptor

A study of Matcham Skipper, one of Australia's best-known workers in silver, making jewellery and sculpting in silver at his studio in the old artists' colony of Montsalvat Victoria in 1973.
Series : Craftsman and His Environment, The | Episode : 1 | Year : 1976 | Total Duration : 7 Minutes | Producer : Malcolm Otton
Director : James Coffey |
Zoom from WS of grand building Montsalvat to a peacock walking on stone flagging. Zoom to sculptor Matcham Skipper working with lost-wax casting. MS pan from window to interiors. MS looking over Skipper's shoulder as he sculpts horse in relief. Zoom to horse grazing in paddock outside. CU flame from taper applied to wax cast smoothing figures. CUs Skipper's bearded face in concentration, scraping medallion cast. CUs finished casts, the casting process, pouring into mould, kiln. Zoom to Skipper with blowtorch while cast is spun on machine. CUs over mould spinning, Skipper immersing mould into vat of liquid, chipping the mould way with hammer while semi-immersed, scrubbing medallion with wire brush. CU finished medallion featuring horse made into necklace. VS jewellery. WS brumbies across open field, Skipper riding bareback amongst them.
Access No. 136865 | 6 mins 27 secs | 1970s | Eltham, Vic, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |