The patina (pah-teen'-ah) is the surface color of a piece of sculpture. On cast bronze and on resins containing bronze particles, the color is achieved through the application of chemicals that oxidize or otherwise cause the the metal surface itself to change color. This color is then preserved with a protective coat of wax or other clear coating.
Cast plaster (including hydrocal), fired ceramic, and non-metallic resins are patinated (pah'-tin-ayt-ed) through the application of paint, micro-fine powdered metal and earthen pigments, waxes, and other sealants.
The patination on each piece is unique - and, unfortunately, impossible to represent accurately in web images. Further, in photographs, dark bronze patinas obscure the details of the sculpture.
Therefore, most pieces in Rivkah Walton's gallery of images are shown in their original clay state, so that details can be seen clearly. In a few images, as noted in the descriptions, patinas are electronically simulated to provide an approximation of the final piece. As noted in other descriptions, some pieces have not yet been patinated, and the patron may chose the final color in consultation with the artist.
For the sake of approximation, on the left are electronic simulations of one piece patinated as
- red terra cotta
- light brown bronze
- green ("oxidized") bronze.
Except for the white version, most patinas are darker, richer, and more subtly varied than can be shown here. The bronze patinas also have the subdued, reflective metallic quality of cast bronze.Contact Rivkah Walton
to inquire about other patinas, such as faux marble, steel, etc.