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.