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Bronze Sculpture FAQs

BRONZE SCULPTURE - THE PROCESS AND ITS PEOPLE, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF BRONZE

Sculpture affects your life quite differently than 2-dimensional art.  Different viewing angles, the play of light and shadow continually changing throughout the day, always makes a sculpture new to your senses.  The tactile feel of the shapes and planes opens up whole new dimensions to what the eyes can see.  I love each art form for its own unique qualities.  Bronze sculpture is usually pretty mysterious to most people.  Hopefully, the information below will help dispel at least some of the mystery!

DEFINITIONS AND FAQ LINKS

Limited Edition
Pre-Cast Pricing
The Process and Production Time
How Many People Does It Take To Produce A Sculpture?
Time Payment Options
Crating and Shipping
Commissioning a piece of sculpture
Commission Payments

 

WHAT IS MEANT BY THE TERM “LIMITED EDITION” BRONZE?

In the world of bronze, a “Limited Edition” refers to a specified limited number of sculptures that can be produced from the molds of a given original sculpted work.  This number is set by the Artist, and when the last piece in “the run” is cast, the mold is then destroyed, and no more of this bronze sculpture will ever be produced.)  Your sculptural work will come with a “Certificate of Authenticity”, specifying the Artist, copyright, title, dimensions of the work, place of origin, the number in the edition that you are receiving, the size of the edition and artist’s proofs to be produced, and the terms of the Limited Edition.

(*Note- A bronze edition generally has 3 price points – the “Pre-cast” price, the retail price, and then as a Limited Edition nears the last several pieces of its run, prices will rise again until the final piece of the edition is cast.  At that point, the mold is destroyed, and no more of this sculpture will ever be produced.)

 

 

WHAT IS MEANT BY THE TERM “PRE-CAST” BRONZE?

“Pre-cast bronze” refers to the first time offering of a brand new sculpture, viewed in its original sculpture medium of clay or sculpting wax, and available for order prior to the first time the Limited Edition sculpture is physically cast in bronze. 

The benefits for the Collector (that’s you!) of a pre-cast order are four-fold: 

  • You get the unique opportunity to purchase a brand new sculpture with a prime low edition number.  Your sculpture will be personally signed and numbered by me, and will mark the start of the Limited Edition.  (The edition number you will receive will generally be determined by the order in which your request is placed.) 
  • You receive the special low introductory price (generally ~20%-25% off the estimated future retail price, calculated from direct quotes by foundry and production staff and based on current production costs for metal, time, and labor estimates). 
  • You have the opportunity to consider what type of patina (finishing coloration) you want your sculpture to receive. 
  • You also get the certain knowledge that you are directly assisting the artist, as pre-cast orders help the artist get the edition started by helping to defray initial costs involved with mold making, wax pouring and chasing, and other foundry and production costs. 

This special Pre-cast order pricing lasts only until the first piece is cast in bronze.  Once the first piece of the edition is cast in bronze, this pre-cast offer goes away, and pricing for the sculpture will rise dramatically to the normal retail price for the rest of the Limited Edition.  (*Note- That price generally holds until the edition nears the end of its run, when prices will rise again until the final piece of the edition is cast.  After that final number is reached, the mold is destroyed, and no more of this bronze sculpture will ever be produced.)

Believe me, I totally understand that the world of Bronze Sculpture can be very confusing!  (It took me 4 days in a foundry to be able to understand all the steps involved!)  I would be very happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to reach out, either by phone or email, with any questions or comments!

To take advantage of this exceptional limited-time offering, get your order placed today!  This pricing is only available until the first bronze is cast!

 

Links to pages for all the production people

WHAT IS THE PROCESS, AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE A BRONZE SCULPTURE?

In a world of mass produced goods and instant purchases, bronze sculpture is still one of the exceptions.  People who are current collectors of bronze sculpture already understand how long the process of acquiring a bronze can take, but for “first timers”, they are often surprised.  Leaving aside the length of time it takes the artist to actually sculpt a piece (for commissions, this will depend on the complexity of the piece involved), the length of production time for a piece of bronze can range anywhere from 6 - 10 weeks, depending on the schedules of foundry and production artisans).  To understand this wait time, it helps to understand at least a little about the process.

In short, once an original sculpture is created, a silicone rubber mold with a plaster or resin mother mold is made over the sculpture.  The silicone captures all the tiny details and nuances of the original sculpture.  When the mold is set and cured, the mold is opened, and the original sculpture is removed.  The mold is then cleaned and prepared.  For each new sculpture order, a new wax is poured into the mold.  This wax version of the sculpture is then removed, and all imperfections from the wax pour, and seam lines from where the mold fit together are repaired, so that the wax is an exact match to the original sculpture and what the Artist created.  This new wax is then sent to the foundry, where the real production magic begins anew.  Because each piece starts again, this makes each new sculpture unique.  This process may seem long in our daily world of instant gratification, but special unique works of art are worth waiting for - especially when that object that could be handed down through generations, and around for hundreds of years! 

At the time of this posting, I actually have quite a few sculpture pieces currently in my inventory that can ship quickly.  If the piece you are interested in is not in inventory, the general production time listed above will apply.  Once I receive your order, I will be in contact to let you know what to expect, or you can certainly contact me via phone or email with any questions you might have.  If the piece you have selected is meant to be a gift for a certain special occasion, but is not currently in my inventory, a photograph of the sculpture, along with a special announcement, will be sent to help honor their special day.

 

JUST HOW MANY ARTISANS AND OTHERS DOES IT TAKE TO PRODUCE A BRONZE SCULPTURE, AND SHOW IT TO THE WORLD?

My adventures in 3-D work began with a wood carving class in 2000.  In 2003, on one of those rare flukes of fate that cause us to turn right instead of left, I ended up spending 4 days in an east coast foundry seeing one of my wood carvings become my first bronze, and learning how this complicated bronze process works.  I was hooked.  Shortly afterwards, I was perusing a sculpture show in Minneapolis, and randomly stopped two women sculptors (who, oddly, now both live in Colorado) to find out just how much of the actual production process each of them did themselves.  The first one told me that she and her husband, plus one employee, did every job you will see on the list below, except for the actual metal pour.  The second artist told me that she came to sculpture later in life, and so she did what she did best, sculpting!  She let others do all of her production work.  

Each artist has unique skills and abilities, and can choose varying amounts of hands-on participation in the production process.  Some artists turn over total production to foundries and other artisans, sometimes as many as 11 other people!  Due to the level of detail and accuracy in my sculpting style, and as a lifelong DIYer, I doubted I would be totally comfortable with that practice, and after talking with these fellow sculptors, I realized then and there that it would be up to me to decide just how much of this process I was willing to learn and take on.  Over the years, I have gradually learned or participated in most of the various aspects of production, outside of the direct foundry work (spruing, investment, molten metal pours, shell removal and welding), and professional photography.  I appreciate the hands-on quality control this gives me over certain aspects of the production.  Depending on my schedule and other variables, I now do a good portion of my own production work.  These jobs can include mold making, wax pouring, wax chasing, metal chasing, and patina work.  But I have also had to realize that the more time I put into production tasks, the less time and energy I have available for actually creating new art.  As with the rest of life, everything is a tradeoff!  So, I do some of the production some of the time, and turn some of it over to other handpicked independent skilled and trusted artisans when necessary.  This way, I can oversee what is happening and have more control over the final piece.

During shows and exhibitions across the country, I have often heard people mutter about how expensive bronze sculpture is.  Realizing that people really have no idea why bronze is “high-end art”, I finally sat down and made up at least a partial list of all the very skilled people who, both directly and indirectly, have a hand in bringing sculpture to the world.  Click on the job title below to see photos of just what part of the production each artisan is responsible for - those who also earn their livelihoods from the sculptures before you.

Mold Maker

Wax Pourer

Wax Chaser

Foundry Sprue and Gate Person

Foundry Investment Room Operator

Foundry Metal Pourers

Foundry Shell Removal Operator

Metal Chaser and Welder

Patineur

Professional Photographer

Craters

Shippers

Of course, there is the broadening web of others who, while they have no direct hands-on involvement with the sculpture, are still very much a part of bringing the joy of sculpture out into the world to be loved.  They include:

Gallery owners and staff

Show Organizers and staff

Materials and Equipment Suppliers

The Clerical Staff of all businesses

Advertisers

Printers

Insurance companies (Auto, Business, etc.)

Equipment Repair

Auto and Trailer Repair

Motels/Campgrounds

Restaurants/Grocers

The list is truly endless!  And perhaps knowing some of this will help you to view sculpture in a little different light!

 

TIME PAYMENTS

If there is a sculpture that you love, but the cost seems daunting for your current budget, I do offer a 3 – 6 month layaway plan.  Benefits to the Collector who chooses this option are:

  • A reduced initial outlay on your sculpture.
  • Layaway allows you to plan for its arrival when the sculpture is meant to be a secret gift for special person or holiday.
  • It allows new first-time buyers to ease their way into collecting art.
  • If you desire an early casting of new work, you can reserve a certain edition number for your art collection.

If you feel such an arrangement would better fit your needs and budget, please contact me for further details!

 

SALES TAX INFORMATION

Due to changes in the sales tax laws as of January 1, 2019, online sales now require sales tax to be collected for the area where goods are to be shipped.  As a small studio, this will require research for each out of state sale for your area, so please include your city, county, and state information with each request.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT - SCULPTURE SHIPPING DETAILS

Depending on delicacy, a small bronze piece can often safely be wrapped in polar fleece, bubble-wrapped, and double boxed for shipment.  Most sculpture, however, will require a standard custom foam-in-place crate to properly protect both the bronze and its patina during shipment.  When your sculpture is ready for shipment, I will bring your sculpture to my local shipper, “Shippers Supply”, in Loveland, Colorado.  Due to the large number of fine art bronze foundries in my area (a holdover from the area’s mining days), Loveland, Colorado is the premiere bronze production capital in the US.  Shippers Supply is an expert when it comes to the crating and protection of bronze sculpture, and they will provide excellent service.  I will provide them with your shipping address, and you will be provided with a tracking number to follow the shipment progress and know your delivery date.  Most crated sculpture can go UPS or FedEx.  Only very heavy large crates need to go FedEx freight.  You are free to make any other shipping arrangements you might wish, or even to pick up your sculpture in person, if that suits you.  I offer free shipping on all bronze sculpture.

If you have any other questions about this, I would be happy to speak with you either by phone or email!


COMMISSIONS

I always get excited by a new project!
  
If you are interested in proceeding with a piece designed specifically for you and your space, here are some facts about how it all works:

The first thing we would do is sit down together and look at any ideas you might have - photos and other reference materials, etc., as well as those I have.  We will try to narrow down both a pose and attitude, as well as what is appropriate for the chosen species will stand on (branch/ root, soil, rock, ??).  We will talk about your budget for the project, the approx finished size for the piece, the size of the limited edition that will be able to be produced from the mold (I retain all copyrights on my work), the kind of patina you think you will want on the finished piece, and any other wants or issues either of us can think of.  I will then come up with a sketch of the project, trying to incorporate what we have discussed together.  We will meet again to discuss the sketch and talk about any alterations you would like to see.  When we have agreed upon a final design, I will then gather quotes for production costs, and come up with a price quote for you.  At that point, if we agree to move forward, I will draw up a standard contract between us.  (This protects both of us, by eliminating any surprises.) 

* Note- What you will need to decide (and maybe it will be a combination of the two factors), is do you want to approach this project by size or budget?  If budget is most important, that will obviously limit size. 

As the piece progresses, I will supply you with photos and running commentary regarding the piece, so you will be kept apprised of its progress and be an active part of its creation.
 
 

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