I have always thought that students should learn fabrication
and hammer techniques and then move into casting if they want.
Design and functionality underlie it all.
I agree absolutely.Much of my wax work is informed by my fabrication
experience. I learned to carve pieces that people swore were
fabricated and gained enough control to execute more sculptural
pieces with a higher degree of control, so that the finished piece
is determined by the vision, not happenstance.