The Ingot series explores sculptural processes including and questioning the “value” of metal casting. Quarter Ingot is a piece developed from the process of bronze casting—an ingot being the initial, utilitarian state of bronze. By making a mold of an ingot, I started with a “full” Ingot and ended with a hollow version of the initial form. I then used “anti-bronze” cold-cast sculptural and ceramic slip-casting techniques in Plaster Ingots and Ceramic Ingots, creating an ironic perception of an ingot. Shower Ingot then shifts the context of an ingot away from a fine art material to an everyday object and place, juxtaposing the tough nature of metal casting with the soft, gentle feel of body soap. River Ingots and Baking Ingots are further explorations of an ingot in nature and in the home.