In 2012, David Snoo Wilson started Bristol-based travelling foundry Ore + Ingot, sharing and teaching metal casting and taking commissions.
In keeping with his aim to preserve traditional arts in contemporary practice, David will use his QEST Scholarship to question the folklore of bell founding, researching how different alloys and casting techniques affect harmonics.
“I’ll create an archetypal pattern with the UK’s leading bell designer. Bell bronze has been assumed best for the last three centuries, but there are many more alloys to try. And variables in the casting process, from fuel type to cooling rate. Gathering this knowledge will further my bell foundry work hugely.”