Because of the many different techniques used in each piece, different areas of the workshop are dedicated to specific jobs. The wax carving and melting room was full of the same shapes we had seen in the showroom, but carved out of dark green wax, ready to be cast in clay and melted.
The highlight of the tour was a live bronze pour. We all kept our distance as craftspeople in huge silver heat resistant suits and boots lugged a heavy ceramic mould in place to pour the bronze in to. A mechanical arm then lifted the pot of molten metal, which has been heated at incredibly high temperatures, ready to pour. The liquid bronze looks exactly like lava, or orange highlighter fluid!