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Artworks Foundry

Artworks Foundry Since 1977, Artworks Foundry has partnered with thousands of artists & clients on their miniature to monumental bronze sculpture projects.

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Between 1865 to 1950, thousands of African Americans were victims of mob violence and lynching across the United States”...
04/12/2022

Between 1865 to 1950, thousands of African Americans were victims of mob violence and lynching across the United States” - EJI Lynching in America



Artworks Foundry is proud to have been a part in the “Arise” Community Remembrance Project with the @MemPeaceJustice in Montgomery, Alabama. The monument features six life size figures that were sculpted by artist @bc_sculptor. Each figure is a direct descendant of both documented or undocumented lynching.

We have been developing this project with Branly Cadet and the @eji_org since the beginning of 2021. Each of the figures took many months to complete through the lost wax casting method. Once each figure was casted in bronze, our talented metal finisher Steen Kjorlie spent countless hours welding each figure together!

The monument can be found at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. We hope that you can appreciate this monument and its moment in history as much as we have.
#bronze #bronzecastingfoundry #bronzecastingprocess #architecturalbronze #bronzewelding #publicart #bayareaartist #fabrication

Happy Hallow from your Freaky Foundry Friends 👻
10/30/2021

Happy Hallow from your Freaky Foundry Friends 👻

We just can’t get over the work of @masakomiki! Her solo show New Mythologies is open @fusedspace, a new space of @culte...
06/25/2021

We just can’t get over the work of @masakomiki! Her solo show New Mythologies is open @fusedspace, a new space of @cultexhibitions. Check out her bronze pieces cast by @artworks_foundry in addition to watercolors, and felt sculptures IN PERSON!

#artworksfoundry #bronze #bronzesculpture #bronzecasting #paintedbronze #foundry #art #sculpture #bayarea #sanfrancisco #masakomiki

Have you ever wondered just what it takes to make bronze sculptures? Here is a behind the scenes look at the conjunction...
06/04/2021

Have you ever wondered just what it takes to make bronze sculptures? Here is a behind the scenes look at the conjunction of an artist's vision, and the many hands that make the fabrication possible. We weld, grind, look, grind some more, and in the end we turn a patchwork of metal into the dream of the artist.

Once the metal chasing was finished these sculptures were painted, loaded up, and driven to their new home at 1455 Third Street in San Francisco. The final part of the process is the installation, where all of our hard work is rewarded by the joy we see from the artist @Masakomiku. Check out our last post to see
“Holographic Entities Reminding of the Universe” fully installed, and if you are in San Francisco, go see these beautiful outdoor sculptures!

#artworksfoundry #bronze #bronzesculpture #bronzecasting #welding #paintedbronze #foundry #art #sculpture #artinstallation #environmentaldesign #sanfrancisco #bayarea #masakomiki #uber

“Holographic Entities Reminding of the Universe” is an installation @uber of nine bronze sculptures cast by @artworks_fo...
05/26/2021

“Holographic Entities Reminding of the Universe” is an installation @uber of nine bronze sculptures cast by @artworks_foundry which reflect Masako Miki’s interest in ancestral traditions and folklore. These artworks are inspired by shapeshifters, who reinvent themselves by embracing dualities and celebrating new identities. Enjoy walking through this gorgeous installation at the Uber
Headquarters on 1455 Third Street in San Francisco.

📸: Henrik Kam

#artworksfoundry #bronze #bronzesculpture
#bronzecasting #paintedbronze #foundry #art #sculpture #artinstallation
#environmentaldesign #sanfrancisco #bayarea #masakomiki #uber

Dear Foundry Friends!We’d like to share some exciting news about Artworks. We are entering a new phase in our 45-year hi...
01/08/2021

Dear Foundry Friends!

We’d like to share some exciting news about Artworks. We are entering a new phase in our 45-year history, as Piero is beginning a well deserved break from the daily operations of running the foundry. He has worked tirelessly for many years to make Artworks one of the top foundries in the country. And, he is now putting ownership of the foundry in very capable hands.

Kambiz Mehrafshani, our current chief operations officer, has become an invaluable leader here in the last year and a half, and worked with Piero for 3 years as the liaison with San Diego Zoo’s Rex The Lion project—the largest bronze in Artwork’s history.

Julian Mussi has an impressive career as an entrepreneur starting, running, and selling successful companies. He just coincidentally happens to be Piero’s son! They will both be leading and steering Artworks Foundry into the future.

If you haven’t met Kambiz or Julian, we welcome your visit to get acquainted.

Be assured that Piero is not disappearing—he will be keeping an eye on this younger generation and help whenever and wherever he is needed. We think you’ll agree that after many years of hard work he deserves to enjoy life outside of the day-to-day hustle and bustle of running a business.

What we are planning is a renewed energy and efficiency brought to the quality of our work and the client relationships that make Artworks such a special place. It is this relationship with you, our customers, that makes Artworks the unique and successful business it has become.

Kambiz will oversee the large, special projects and Julian will be handling the production side of the foundry. Tom will continue as Sales Manager and will handle pricing and new orders and all the rest of the staff will be here to continue the quality and timeliness you have come to expect. In fact, now would be a great time to place that order for your next masterpiece!

We want to thank all of you for your many years of trust in us, and we look forward to many more to come. This is another exciting chapter in the continuing story of Artworks Foundry.

Sincerely,
Artworks Foundry

A rare opportunity to join the management team at Artworks Foundry! We’re looking for a very unique individual - one who...
12/01/2019

A rare opportunity to join the management team at Artworks Foundry! We’re looking for a very unique individual - one who can effectively & efficiently manage production milestones, operational schedules, client relations and cross-coordination with fellow team members. DM for more information and please share!
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#foundry #bronze #bayareajobs #berkeleyjobs #manufacturing #jobs #foundryjob #artjobs #artgigs #artworksfoundry #productionmanager

Happy AllHallows Eve to all our friends and family 🎃👻 Booohahahaha✨ @ Berkeley, California
11/01/2019

Happy AllHallows Eve to all our friends and family 🎃👻 Booohahahaha✨ @ Berkeley, California

10/20/2019

PART 2 🔥We don’t always pour aluminum, but when we do, it’s for Gale Hart 🙃 - Don’t miss her opening reception Nov. 8, 6-10pm at Voss Gallery

10/20/2019

We don’t always pour aluminum, but when we do, it’s for Gale Hart 🙃 - Don’t miss her opening reception Nov. 8, 6-10pm at Voss Gallery

Only 2 more days until the 🌙 2019 Moonlight Pour where  @kt.phonebooth will be throwing and eating fire! 🔥 Hope to see y...
10/03/2019

Only 2 more days until the 🌙 2019 Moonlight Pour where @kt.phonebooth will be throwing and eating fire! 🔥 Hope to see you all there for an epic night!

#fireartist #fire #berkeleyevents #berkeley #sfevents #foundry #artworksfoundry #artcommunity

ONLY 4 MORE DAYS to get a ticket! So very excited to announce @broccellars as our wine provider for the 🌙 2019 Moonlight...
10/01/2019

ONLY 4 MORE DAYS to get a ticket!
So very excited to announce @broccellars as our wine provider for the 🌙 2019 Moonlight Pour! At Broc Cellars, all of their wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process where only native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes are used to make the wine - nothing else is added, woohoo! We'll be pouring their 2018 Happy Chenin, Love Red & Love Rose - see you on Saturday! #naturalwine #broccellars #artworksfoundry #moonlightpour

Join us for an incredible evening under the moon!$10 gets you 2 FREE DRINKS, speakers, art show, live music, local beer ...
09/27/2019

Join us for an incredible evening under the moon!

$10 gets you 2 FREE DRINKS, speakers, art show, live music, local beer & wine, food trucks, fire performers and a one-of-a-kind pyrotechnic ✨ molten bronze pour✨!

Click here for more info 2019 Moonlight Pour - hope to see you all there!

09/26/2019

Getting our fearless👨🏻‍🚒fighters ready for Alhambra, CA! #firefighter #bronze #sculpture #fabrication

Only 17 days until the 2019 Moonlight Pour! Don't miss the incredibly talented Gale Hart providing a rare glimpse into h...
09/19/2019

Only 17 days until the 2019 Moonlight Pour! Don't miss the incredibly talented Gale Hart providing a rare glimpse into her creative and interpretive sculpture creation process! $10 gets you 2 free drinks, speakers, art show, live music, fire performers and a pyrotechnic ✨ molten bronze pour!

09/09/2019
Artworks Foundry: Mars-1's latest creation

So very excited to have Mario Martinez Mars-1 speaking at this years 2019 Moonlight Pour! Here's a behind-the-scenes look at our master metal finisher Steen putting the final touches on Mario's latest creation. Be the first to see this monumental piece in-person on October 5th!
#artworksfoundry #mariomartinez #mars1 #foundry #bronze #metalfinishing #welding #sculpture

06/26/2019

The very talented ✨Aiya Jordan-kawasaki✨ applying a lamp black & cupric nitrate patina on Presidio Middle School’s fierce new mascot! This beautiful panther was sculpted by Scientific Art Studio, a group we absolutely love collaborating with - thanks for the fun project! #foundry #bronze #patina #sculpture #environmentaldesign #panther #artworksfoundry #scientificartstudio

A new logo means we get to fabricate a new sign! 😍
06/20/2019

A new logo means we get to fabricate a new sign! 😍

At artworks Foundry today.
05/05/2019

At artworks Foundry today.

Scultrici - Sculptresses
03/08/2019

Scultrici - Sculptresses

12/24/2018

Hello Magicians of Artworks,

I want to thank you three for doing such a wonderful job for me this past year, especially with this last Mahan casting. It helped make my Holidays all the sweeter, and there's a very happy client in the Bahamas. Please extend this gratitude to Rose and Piero. It's always a pleasure coming to the foundry, may I be coming there often in the coming year!

Have a beautiful and peaceful winter break . . .

Thanks,
Jim

CREATING A STAGE: THE COLLECTION OF MARSHA AND ROBIN WILLIAMSJudy Kensley McKie"MONKEY" ARMCHAIRLOT SOLD. 112,500 USD
10/08/2018

CREATING A STAGE: THE COLLECTION OF MARSHA AND ROBIN WILLIAMS
Judy Kensley McKie
"MONKEY" ARMCHAIR

LOT SOLD. 112,500 USD

Judy Kensley McKieGRAZING HORSE                       Bronze 2012 edition of 4/8                           30 × 55 × 16 ...
10/08/2018

Judy Kensley McKie
GRAZING HORSE Bronze 2012 edition of 4/8 30 × 55 × 16 in 76.2 × 139.7 × 40.6 cm For sale

REX ROAR BRONZE STATUE WINS ENR BEST PROJECT AWARD (San Diego Zoo).Jul 19, 2018 - Rex's Roar at the San Diego Zoo. Submi...
07/28/2018
Judges Select ENR California's 2018 'Best Projects' Award Winners

REX ROAR BRONZE STATUE WINS ENR BEST PROJECT AWARD (San Diego Zoo).

Jul 19, 2018 - Rex's Roar at the San Diego Zoo. Submitted by Swinerton. Best Project, Northern Calif.: The California Trail. Submitted by Overaa Construction.

ENR California is proud to announce the latest winners of its annual Best Projects awards competition.

Work in progress!!!!
07/18/2018

Work in progress!!!!

Peter Voulkos at Artworks Foundry.
06/11/2018

Peter Voulkos at Artworks Foundry.

Brian Keith!!!! 👏👏👏Bravo!!!!
05/23/2018

Brian Keith!!!! 👏👏👏Bravo!!!!

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729 Heinz Ave, Ste 10
Berkeley, CA
94710

General information

Artworks Foundry exclusively uses the lost wax casting technique using ceramic shell technology. Our services include enlargement, rubber molds, casting, metal finishing, fabrication and patina. Our patineurs can create magical patinas while our metal finishers can make bronze defy gravity with complex internal structures. We are fully capable of undertaking the design, plan and implementation of monumental works including shipping and installation worldwide.

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8am - 5:30pm
Friday 8am - 12pm

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(510) 644-2735

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From monumental scanning of a beloved fountain, to producing a bronze miniature to serve as a topper for a time capsule located at the new city hall! @scansite Artworks Foundry
Learn how artists use Artworks Foundry - a decades-old Berkeley foundry - for lost wax casting to create beautiful bronze sculptures. Register here for one of three tours! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artworks-foundry-tour-tickets-172915092697 Here are some other fabulous events hosted by the City of Berkeley! Take a tour of The Rare Barrel and Covenant Wines! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rare-barrel-brewery-tour-tickets-172921180907?aff=erelpanelorg https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-manufacturing-week-gilman-district-wineries-tour-tickets-170209578431?aff=erelpanelorg #BayAreaMFG #MFGWeek21 #MFGDay21
Back in the 80s with Piero