New Arts recasts objects for artists, homeowners alike


Artists and architects have been going to the New Arts Foundry in Hampden for years to have their ideas translated into bronze. But even ordinary folks might find themselves in need of a foundry now and then.

If, for instance, the statue of your great-grandfather fell from its pedestal, you could take it to New Arts for a new nose. If you bought a valuable antique chest that was missing an ornate drawer knob, you could have a new one cast there that would be a perfect match.

"Typically we do bronze casting for artists," says owner Gary Siegel, "but occasionally we have homeowners who bring things in for repair.

A recent commission was to make a set of shutter dogs (the metal ornaments that hold shutters in place) in the shape of a G clef for a house in Carroll County.

Mr. Siegel, who is also a sculptor himself, started the foundry after he graduated from the Maryland Institute in 1975. "I set up the foundry to cast my own stuff and then from that I went into casting for other artists," he says.

Now 10 people, most of whom graduated from local art schools, work full-time at the foundry.

"We tend to be fairly expensive," says shop foreman Blake Conroy, "but if you can't find it anywhere else, we can do it."

L The telephone number for New Arts Foundry is (410) 243-1465.

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