Stratton Sculpture Studios makes waste molds for one-off plaster castings, plaster piece molds, molds for architectural restoration, and rubber molds of every scale on any original material: stone, water clay, plasticine, metal, plaster, wax, cement, terra-cotta, and found objects.
Requiring the highest level of skill and expertise, poured rubber molds are our speciality. Poured rubber molds are vastly superior to brush-up molds due to the perfect fit in the plaster mother mold, tight registration, and exact reproduction of surface detail. Rubber molds sections are separated with our recognizable zig-zag registration cut. Stratton Sculpture Studios has made hundreds of poured rubber molds of every scale, and commonly pours large work.
Examples of large, monolithic poured rubber molds are Clete Sheild’s 16' tall Vaquero Monument, Steve Layne's 10' Joe Frazier monument, and the sections of Hans Haacke's 14' tall Gift Horse. An example of our large-scale plaster piece molds is from Stratton Sculpture Studios over-life-size horse commission.
Fine Art Bronze Casting
Pouring three-hundred pounds of bronze in a single pour, with overhead hoists capable of lifting two-ton sculptures, and a metal shop with 2000 square feet of floor space, Stratton Sculpture Studios is fully equipped to make work of every scale.
What sets us apart is metal chasing, the craftsmanship of finishing the surface of bronze sculpture. We are both respected sculptors, sensitive to large form and subtle details that can make the difference between a good or a great result.
We have been entrusted with the work of George Segal, Alexander Calder, Rona Pondick, Sherrie Levine, Joel Shapiro, Hans Haacke, John Newman, Tom Otterness and Matthew Barney.
Modeling & Enlarging
While Shane began his career as an enlarger at a fine art foundry, we both decided early that we would focus our modeling skills on our gallery and commission work. That continued for nearly twenty years, when we got the opportunity of a lifetime: modeling a twice-life-size horse skeleton for conceptual artist Hans Haacke. Based on the beautiful George Stubbs anatomical etchings of the horse, Haacke's Gift Horse design had been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Fourth Plinth, the public art competition that places monumental-scale sculpture on the otherwise empty granite plinth in front of London's National Gallery.
We started by making the maquette, the one-tenth scale model, that would be submitted for award judging. We modeled the skeleton in wax, made molds on the sections for editioning purposes, then cast and finished the jewelry-like maquette in bronze.
When Haacke received the award, the Paula Cooper Gallery contracted us to model the fourteen-foot skeleton. Work began by welding and fabricating the steel armatures. Working from an actual articulated skeleton, we modeled the skeleton in sections that were later assembled in bronze. As each section was completed, rubber molds were made, and bronze casting began, helping to make the one-year time frame for this monumental-scale work possible. The enlarging, modeling and mold making was completed in less than six months. Gift Horse was unveiled in Trafalgar Square on March 5th, 2015.
Our modeling studio is housed in a dedicated building of 11,000 square feet, supported by a fully equipped metal fabrication shop for armatures of any scale, and 4800 pounds of fine french water clay. We model in water clay, plasticine, wax and plaster.
Stephen Layne: Joe Frazier Monument
Stephen Layne's 10' Joe Frazier is being unveiled at the Philadelphia Xfinity Center in September, 2015. Stratton Sculpture Studios welded the steel armature for the clay model, made the poured rubber mold, and cast this monumental-size sculpture into bronze.
Stephen Layne's Website: www.stephenlaynestudio.com
Click links below to see Brad Nau's Comcast specials about the making of the Joe Frazier monument.
Han Haacke's 14' tall Gift Horse was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth on March 5, 2015 in front of London's National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Stratton Sculpture Studios was first contacted to model and cast the bronze maquette proposal. When Haacke received the award, Stratton Sculpture Studios designed and fabricated the steel armatures, created the clay model for the skeleton, and made the poured rubber molds on all the sections. Work was completed in less than six months.
Sarah Peters: Refined Bronzes
Stratton Sculpture Studios works closely with Sarah Peters to create her highly refined bronze sculpture, most recently for exhibition at Eleven Rivington Gallery, New York. Her bronze sculptures require detailed hand finishing, often with cold chisels, to create crisp, jewelry-like surfaces.
Small-Scale Bronze Sculpture
Stratton Sculpture Studios models, makes molds, and creates finished bronze castings on a large variety of small works. No job is too small, and all work is given the time and attention to detail that distinguishes our work.
We are dedicated to producing only the highest-quality work, reflected in the exquisite surfaces and accurate reproduction in modeling, enlarging, molds, bronze casting and metal finishing.
Stratton Sculpture Studios works with artists, architects, conservationists, designers and museums.
Whether you are creating work purely for your own pleasure, or a significant public monument, we focus on your needs and the best possible solution for each project.
Large-Scale Bronze Sculpture
Stratton Sculpture Studios has the facilities and experience to model, make molds, and create finished bronze castings of any size, from large gallery work to public monuments.
Our early training at the Johnson Atelier was on large, public, bronze monuments, including George Segal's Breadline, and Stephen Robin's Federal Triangle Flowers.
Stratton Sculpture Studios cast bronzes for Matthew Barney's Guggenheim exhibition, cast cement for Winifred Lutz's ICA exhibition, and made molds and finished bronze castings for Ehren Tool's Craft and Folk Art Museum exhibition.
In the past year, we have modeled and made molds for Hans Haacke's 14' tall horse skeleton, Gift Horse, and made molds and the finished bronze casting for Steve Layne's 10' monument, Joe Frazier.
Bronze Patina & Conservation
Stratton Sculpture Studios provides patination, restoration, installation and maintenance for fine art, architecture, public monuments and historical objects.
With twenty years of experience, patinist Julia Stratton is professionally trained in both chemical patinas and painted surfaces for bronze. Stratton Sculpture Studios works with artists to create patinas on newly cast work, matches existing patina for repairs, and restores aging patinas and painted surfaces on sculpture, including large-scale public monuments.
Our public patination, restoration and maintenance work includes the collections of Lehigh University, Ursinus College, the New York High Line, the Newark Liberty Museum, Curtis Institute of Music, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Philadelphia Zoo and Grounds for Sculpture.