In my humble opinion, not only is this acceptable, it’s darned smart.
Someone finally clued me in on sub-contracting my actual casting
process. It makes sense for the small operation from a number of
They do it all the time and have the expertise - higher success
rate, fresh investment, etc. They even do the spruing, which is always
my least favorite part.
I don’t have to take up precious space in my studio with kiln
(although I’m actually looking for one now), casting machine, etc.
No investment (the $ kind) in relatively expensive equipment!
Leaves me free to spend my time doing other, more creative
Don’t get me wrong… the casting process if fun (until you have a
mold blow out or not fill completely) and I love it. From a cost and
time efficiency perspective, it doesn’t make sense to me to do it
myself unless I cast a lot…at least a couple times a week.
I also understand they will make store molds and shoot/cast waxes for
you on demand. I haven’t taken advantage of this service as my pieces
are mostly one-of-a-kind.
As a side note, I used a company called SANTI in Ohio (?) and was
very pleased. I’m sure there are many others who also do fine work.
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)