At Two Ravens Studio & Art Foundry we cast works of art by regional as well as international artists. The casting process requires the talents of several skilled artisans and we are lucky to have an excellent team in our metal shop. See more of the production process on our Facebook page
Shawnigan Lake is a private boarding school in B.C. Canada that was founded 1916. Pictured here is a maquette of the schools’s first headmaster, CW. Lonsdale, standing with his faithful canine companion. Artist Mardie Rees was commissioned by the school’s alumni to create a monument in honor of their beloved founder. Two Ravens Studio helped Mardi mold and cast this resin-bonded bronze small model version. The final heroic, 8ft version of the memorial is slated to be installed late September. Currently Two Ravens Studio is in the molding phase of production. To see the ongoing progress of this project, check out our Facebook album “CW Lonsdale Sculpture Process.”
We have a amazing group of artisans at Two Ravens Studio. They are the backbone of our company. Here are some beautiful patinas created by Steve, our metal foreman, for Tacoma’s Art At Work Studio Tour. The collaborative effort between the artist and our artisans help elevate the sculpture to its full potential. While Two Ravens Studio is only open to the public during Tacoma’s Art At Work month, you can always call or email to arrange an appointment for a private tour.
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Holden Judson was the town’s first mayor and postmaster. He and his wife Phoebe were instrumental to the town’s development and are even credited for having named the town. Their early adventures are recorded in Phoebe’s book,”A Pioneer’s Search for an Ideal Home: A Personal Memoir.” To honor their contributions, local residents and the descendants of the Judson family commissioned artist Robert McDermott to create a memorial sculpture of the couple. Robert has created several historical figures for public art over his career. Two Ravens Studio molded and cast the bust of Phoebe and Holden. Funds are being raised for the creation of the life size figures by the Phoebe Judson Heritage Committee. Their goal is to have the sculpture prominently displayed in a city park at a future date.
Two Ravens Studios recently cast an inverted octopus titled “Nocturne,” for artist Mark Calderon. The inspiration for this artwork evolved from a lifelong fascination with oceanic life forms and the ocean’s increasing number of endangered species. The juxtaposition of the wildly flailing arms and perfectly still head draws a perfect parallel to the delicate balance of the environment verse the impact of human manipulation of the natural world. In addition to creating this piece for a collector of his work, Mark Calderon recently created a three-foot cross to hang in the lobby of Seattle University. Two Ravens Studios was happy to help Mark complete this commissioned artwork with his signature black patina.
The single greatest threat to the survival of the polar bear is the rapid melting ice of the Arctic Ocean. Some 25,000 of these magnificent mammals can be found today across the Arctic region. However, up to 15,000 bears could be lost in the coming decades because of climate change. Artist Roy Peratrovich symbolically captures this looming fate with his depiction of a polar bear, struggling to hold onto a thinning floe of ice.
Roy Peratrovich Jr. is a retired civil engineer living on Bainbridge Island, WA. Roy’s bronze sculptures can be seen in Ancestral Spirits Gallery in Port Townsend, WA, or at his website ravenworksart.com. His heritage as an Alaskan native Tlingit, as well as his engineering background is reflected in his artwork. Two Ravens Studio created the mold, the casting, and the icy blue patina.
Victoria Haven’s show Hit the North (47? 60′N) at the Greg Kucera Gallery displayed a series of works which reflected two of her most influential life experiences, the Northwest and the punk rock music scene. “The Decline of Western Civilization (Rainy Day Project)” pays homage to her husband’s ”NO FUN” tattoo, made from a potato stamp. Two Ravens Studio molded and cast the potato stamp in aluminum and gave it a”pewter” finish.
Artist Joseph McDonnell is known for creating dramatic, captivating, modern forms. His “Pan” represents a contemporary version of the classic Greek god yet still retains a “goat-likeness.” This six foot sculpture was enlarged from its original size and now rests comfortably in a garden estate in the Pacific Northwest.
“The Bather” was also enlarged from a small-scale version. The artist wanted to build a figure around the concept of a non-existent spherical shape. The negative triangular spaces of the arms suggests a seated figure, slightly bent over, as if it is rinsing water from its head. This four foot “Bather” is currently enjoying the Florida sunshine at a private residence. Two Ravens Studio provided the full service casting for both life size works, “Pan” and “The Bather,” in record time and back to back.
The poem, Invictus, by William Earnest Henley describes a sense of defiance in the face of adversity. Washington State artist David Varnau captured this spirit by evoking an image of a strong yet vulnerable male figure. The figure is seated rather than holding a stance of swagger or triumph. Although down on the ground and perhaps humbled, he seems to still possess a sense of inner strength and self-assurance. David’s sculptures have been exhibited at Gallery North in Edmonds WA as well as Parklane Gallery in Kirkland WA. Two Ravens Studio creates many of David’s molds and is his preferred artisan foundry for casting his one of a kind, figurative works.