Mountain Air Creations

Beth Franz, Artist

Let us help you honor the people and values important to you by working with you to create a unique piece of art for work or home.

The Details

The size and complexity of the piece

Pieces can vary greatly in terms of both their size and complexity.  Generally, the bigger and/or the more complex the piece, the more time-intensive will be my work, and the more costly will be the foundry’s costs, both to create a mold of the piece and then to cast it in bronze.  Typically, it takes me anywhere from several weeks to several months just to come up with an original piece in clay that meets your approval.  Depending on the foundry’s schedule, another several months at the foundry is often needed.  Prices generally range from $ 3,500 to $ 7,000 for a bust or desk-sized full figure.

The schedule of the Studio Foundry in Cleveland, Ohio

I work with The Studio Foundry in Cleveland, Ohio, which works exclusively with fine artists, using the time-honored lost-wax method to create fine works of art cast in bronze.  Following our first meeting, I will contact the foundry to see what their schedule looks like and to see what kind of a timeline we might be looking at.  As soon as I can come up with a rough sketch (in clay) of the piece and provide the foundry with the planned dimensions of the piece, I will get an estimate of the foundry costs, and based on those costs, I will be able to give you a quote on the piece’s total cost before we proceed.

The foundry’s costs, both to make the mold and to cast the piece in bronze

The foundry’s costs typically equal roughly half of the piece’s total cost to you.  These costs must be paid before I take the piece up to the foundry.  This will only happen once you have approved the original clay piece.  The other half of the total payment is due when I deliver the finished piece to you.

Your time constraints

I will try to meet your timeline, as long as it is reasonable.  For example, when I was contacted in March 2010 about a piece that the customer needed by the end of July 2010, it was a tight deadline, but I worked with the foundry to make sure that we had the piece in the customer’s hands by the deadline specified.  

My time constraints

Certainly one of the things we will want to establish at the first meeting is (1) what your desired timeline is and (2) what my other commitments will allow me to offer you in terms of my time.  We will also talk about ballpark costs, which are dependent on what you have in mind, at this first meeting.  If you are willing to allow me to proceed, assuming our timelines seem to be compatible, I will be happy to proceed “on spec” in order to see if we can move forward in a direction and on a timeline that is acceptable to you.