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Margara Cortés

Margara Cortés Metalworker
Contact
Spanish, French
Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 14:30 / 18:00 - 21:30
Phone:
+34 697928920
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The alchemist of metalwork

  • • Margara discovered metalworking by mistake
  • • She works closely with artists and designers to make their creations
  • • A medal she made was given to Juan Carlos I, then King of Spain

Margara Cortés Maruri was a student in cabinetmaking and furniture restoration when she ended up enrolling in a metalwork course by mistake. This was the beginning of her love story with metal. She initially became a goldsmith and silversmith for jewellery and religious pieces. However, over more than 30 years she mastered all techniques related to metal, with particular interest in embossing and lost wax casting. Until recently her work has remained behind the scenes, as she supports designers and artists in realising their own artistic visions. But in 2010, she started to focus on her own work – bronze sculptures of fruit and vegetables, inspired by traditional still life paintings

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Works

  • © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
  • © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
  • © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
  • © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
  • © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
Photo: © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
De la huerta noble (From the noble garden)

This bronze still life of various vegetables on a plate is from Margara’s 'Great-grandfather's Still Life' collection. The pieces were modelled in wax and the final bronze forms made from lost wax casting. The bronzes were then decorated with polychrome in oil, giving each form a lifelike appearance.

Margara Cortés Metalworker
Photo: © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
Llegando el otoño... (Fall is coming...)

This bronze still life of fruit and asparagus in a jug was inspired by the arrival of the autumn months. The pieces were individually modelled in wax and then transposed into bronze using the lost wax casting technique. The resulting bronze forms have been decorated with polychrome in oil, giving each a lifelike appearance.

Margara Cortés Metalworker
Photo: © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
Bronce y porcelana (Bronze and porcelain)

Using the lost wax process of metal casting, Margara has created a series of fruits and vegetables. Margara started by modelling the forms in wax and then transposed them into bronze. She perfected the final forms by decorating them with oil paints. The objects were then placed in and around a traditional blue porcelain plate.

Margara Cortés Metalworker
Photo: © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
Ceras para fundir (Melting waxes)

This still life of vegetables placed within a wooden box demonstrates the process used by Maragara to shape her bronze forms. The vegetables have been hand modelled from wax and are waiting to be transposed into bronze through lost wax casting.

Margara Cortés Metalworker
Photo: © Guillermo Ramírez Torres
Flores del patio (Patio flowers)

These flowers, inspired by those that may be found on a patio, were cast in silver from wax models using the lost wax process of metal casting. The final forms were decorated with oil paint to give the flowers a lifelike appearance.

Margara Cortés Metalworker

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