William Schoeman

Job title
Senior Technician, The Falmouth School of Art
Email
william.schoeman@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 213797 Ext: 3797

I Joined Falmouth University in 2006 as the technician for the mould making and casting department a position I still currently occupy in 2015. I studied fine art at the Nelson Mandela metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth (1991-1994) with a distinction in sculpture as my major subject. In 1995 I attained employment at Ingwe editions, a then small foundry which went on to become a high quality casting service for artists which included amongst others Dylan Lewis where I worked for four years before coming to the UK. In my 15 years in England I have been fortunate enough to work for a leading ice sculpture company, worked at G&H sculpture studios who were part of the master guild of craftsmen, which culminated in a series of work commissioned by Gunnard for the interior of the QE2. In 2004 I moved to Cornwall where I went about setting up a mould making and casting business for local artists. I stopped the business when I gained employment at FCA.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2014
Fire Warden training
2014
First aid at work
2013
IOSH
2012
Abrasive wheels training
2012
Hot works welding training
1994
Fine art degree
Nelson Metropolitan university

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2012

Nominated by FXU for the innovative teaching award

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My area of specialist expertise is mould making and casting. From simple press moulds to larger than life-size high end reproduction moulds. Casting knowledge encompasses most aspects of plaster and cement, plastics, foams, polymers and clays, non-ferrous metals from pewter to aluminium, copper, brass, bronze and precious metals. I am interested in alloying metals and casting them using different and innovative casting/ moulding and finishing techniques. I am interested in offering supervision in all aspects of mould making and casting as well as armature making and welding, clay or wax modelling and experimentation with different materials.

Business engagement

Consultancy and facility services

The foundry at the university were asked by Felicity Powell to cast into bronze the 'Mo Ibrahim Foundation Prize' http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/prize/

Professional engagement