Industry News The contributions of an art foundry to an artist’s work are

invisible to gallery and museum goers. But that’s just as it

should be, says Vincent DiDonato, who along with business partner, Andrew Pharmer, launched Workshop Art Fabrication, LLC in Kingston three years ago. “Our job is to be unseen. When people go to a museum or gallery, they want to see the artist’s name on the wall, but it’s not our place to shine. We’re there to serve the artist.” Workshop Art Fabrication, LLC offers the full range of fine- art fabrication and foundry services for artists, including metal casting and fabrication, mold- and patternmaking, project development and management, patina and paint applications and conservation and restoration.

While the business only opened its doors in January of 2015, Pharmer and DiDonato are not newcomers to the industry. Both were employed by industry icon, Polich Tallix foundry, for 17 years prior, working their way up to management positions before deciding to go out on their own. “We both started out on the floor doing metalwork:

welding, assembly... just about everything that we could,” says DiDonato. “We worked our way through the ranks at Tallix, and then decided to work for ourselves. We wanted to set up a smaller, more intimate ‘boutique-style’ shop servicing a select clientele, working with people we want to work with, and not having to supervise a large staff.” Andrew Pharmer said, “Our new Pacific Kiln FlashFire System has been a great addition to our facility.

Workshop Art Fabrication Upgrades Their Foundry Capability with New Pacific Kiln Standard Flashfire Dewax System

It’s helped

us save labor hours by streamlining production and most importantly to us, it’s clean and efficient. In the past, the kiln operator collected wax from a water bath extinguishing chamber and had to be in constant attendance at the smoky kiln. Now the air in the shop is clear and the wax we collect is suitable for recycling, rather than landfill.”

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