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James Castle

James is one of the 3D technicians located in the 3D fabrication workshop, he specialises in metal work, bronze casting and mould making, but enjoys all methods of making. James loves sharing his knowledge with students and particularly likes to see students grow in confidence as they learn new skills and processes

Prior to going to university, I worked in civil engineering. In 2001 I decided to follow my lifelong passion and enrolled in Fine Art sculpture as a mature student at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design (now UCA Farnham). I studied traditional methods of sculptural production such as carving, casting and fabrication as well as the conceptual framework for producing work.

Graduating in 2003, I worked as a stone Mason restoring stonework on churches in Surrey and Hampshire.

Moving back to Norfolk in 2008, I worked in an artist’s bronze foundry building on my knowledge of all aspects of the process, also starting to produce my own work in bronze.

I am a practising artist and I like to sculpt in my spare time, and I try to exhibit when I can. I have experience exhibiting large scale sculptures both for myself and for other artists. The knowledge I gain from my own practice and experience feeds into my work at university and the time I spend working with students to help them.