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Don Rich Studios. formerly Berkeley Art Foundry, was founded in 1969  to provide service to the art community as a full service art foundry and metal fabrication atelier. Welcome to our web site!

We are a full service metal facility specializing in both casting and fabrication.  Our palette consists of Bronze, Copper, Zinc, Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Iron, and Aluminum.  Both our lost wax and petro bond sand cast sculptures are produced with in-house rubber, plaster, and pattern board molding.

 

Our metal finishing and patinas vary according to our clients needs.  We engineer and do installations.  We have an excellent reputation with museums, galleries, artists, and collectors as both conservators and restorers of sculpture.

 

Don Rich received a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Fine Art/Sculpture from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, Ca. Don purchased the Berkeley Art Foundry in 1969 and developed the facility to become the largest Art Foundry on the West Coast.    His pioneering of innovative lost wax techniques and the sharing of these processes opened lost wax casting to artists throughout California.  He has served as consultant to the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey, Morris Singer Foundry in Sheffield England, and the Rudier Foundry in Paris, France.

 

After a devastating fire in 1978, Mr. Rich taught sculpture at San Francisco State University alongside Stephen DeStaebler until 1986.   He then taught sculpture for two years at the Art Institute in San Francisco.

 

During his teaching career he maintained his foundry and metal working facilities. Mr. Rich currently devotes his time to his own sculptures, as well as developing young artists who work in and around Don Rich Studios Foundry & Forge.

 

Since 1969 Don Rich has cast thousands of sculptures for artists such as:  Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Beniamino Bufano, Claes Oldenburg, Bob Graham, Nathan Olivera, Ruth Asawa, Manual Neri, Peter Voulkos, and Arnaldo Pomodoro.

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Please get in touch for a free estimate for your project.
We will share our expertise to make sure your needs are met in the best manner possible.

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Don Rich Studios
1466 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: (510) 465-8821
Fax: (510) 452-4250

contact us at donrichstudios@sbcglobal.net