Jeff Adams believes one cannot separate the artist from the artisan
when working in bronze. A great work of art that has fallen short
of its mark in casting or finishing does not become a great sculpture.
Bronze sculpture requires the coordination of many artisans in order
to maintain the integrity of the original clay sculpture. Adams
is able to integrate both the artist and artisan together because
he learned the art of casting and finishing bronze before he devoted
his efforts to the art of creating sculpture.
It was because of the desire to maintain a high level of craftsmanship
on his own work, that Jeff started inBronze Foundry. Unlike most
sculptors, by owning his own foundry Jeff's work is never out of
inBronze foundry specializes in bronze sculptures utilizing the
lost wax method of casting. Here, Jeff and his crew provide full-service
casting and finishing to other artists, as well as providing them
with Adams and his crew's vast experience and knowledge of bronze
casting. Artists find their skills and craftsmanship in the areas
of mold-making, wax touch-up, casting, patination and displaying
of artwork indispensable.
An article in Practical Welding Today
applauded Adams and inBronze foundry's technical accomplishments
describing them as "seamless craftsmanship." When commenting on
his methods in regard to his noted sculpture "Paths of Conviction,
Footsteps of Fate," they stated, "the techniques and processes used
by Adams have paid off. The people of Oregon have a beautiful sculpture
in a downtown park, and most will never know that it was made from
40 individual castings that were welded together."
In addition to this craftsmanship, Adams has used his ingenuity
and skill to build innovative equipment for his foundry. Never one
to shy away from a challenge, he used his vast industry knowledge
to solve problems and improve the casting process. He explains,
"Early foundry methods were generally passed down in an oral tradition,
making foundry techniques quite different from region to region."
After carefully researching these differences, Adams drew on his
engineering and technical expertise to design and manufacture equipment
and processes that make his facility quite unique.
Our commitment at inBronze is to faithfully reproduce a sculptor's
work to a standard of quality both the artist and foundry can be
proud of. inBronze strives to achieve this standard at a price that
is fair, in a reasonable turn-around time. Our belief is that when
these goals are maintained, a long term relationship will develop
between artist and foundry.