Bronzesmith Fine Art Foundry and Gallery has been creating limited edition bronze castings in Prescott Valley since 1991. Our building was erected specifically for bronze casting and includes a central corridor for tours, a gallery and sculpture garden. We are fortunate to work with some of the country’s top sculptors. Bronzesmith’s quality is a result of many years of hard work and dedication and has been a leader in the bronze casting field.
We would like to introduce our team members who are an integral part of our bronze casting process.
Ed Reilly is the hands-on owner of Bronzesmith and has been involved with bronze casting since 1978. He has a wide range of knowledge and experience in all phases to produce high quality bronze casting. Ed is an artist in his own right and currently working on a sculpture for the Town Of Prescott Valley.
Carl Wolf has 29+ years of experience in both metal finishing and patina. Carl’s wide variety of patina finishes have made him a well-known patina artist and an essential part of Bronzesmith. He has also become known for his own sculpting and patina paintings. Because of his own artwork, he understands how important the patina is, and can translate the artists wishes on to their sculptures.
Harley Miner is a “man of many hats” since 2003. He is the investment casting technician, with knowledge and expertise in both ceramic shell and solid investment casting. He is an important part of the bronze pour team and keeps the back of the foundry organized as well. He also produces the hard wood bases for our sculptures.
Ricky Gamez has been a loyal, hardworking and dedicated part of the company for 22+ years. A man with many talents, he has led the bronze pouring team and is a stellar welder.
Dave Venell has a background in fine jewelry and performs an integral part in our wax department. From mold making to wax touch-up Dave’s attention to detail makes him an expert in this field. An artist in his own right, his limited-edition bronzes can be seen in the artist section of our website.
Gary Russell is a man of many talents! From rough chasing, sand blasting and even landscaping his knowledge and work ethic are impeccable.
Julia Ravensymth has worked as a metal finisher at Bronzesmith beginning in 2005. Her precision in welding and jewelry background, have resulted in the attention to detail necessary for the fine features she is working on.
For every bronze you see there is a wax pattern made as one of the first steps in the bronze casting process. Jameson Thompson has foundry experience, and he has excelled in this important part of the process as the person that makes the waxes. We are grateful to have him as part of the team.
Kathy Murphy-Reilly has been a part of the foundry for the past 20 years. She leads our weekly foundry tours, manages the gallery, and takes care of the website and social media for the business.
Sam Hoeflicker began working as metal chaser and a welder in 2014. His natural grasp and ability as a quick learner and attention to detail have made him an exceptional chaser.
Michael Sheedy is talented in many areas of the bronze casting process. He works mostly in the wax room, touching up and gating, but is always willing to work wherever he is needed. He helps with the bronze pouring, patina prep and rough chasing.
Thank you to this group of amazing, talented, dedicated and loyal folks that we have the pleasure of working with everyday!