One thing that surprises many of those who have not worked on a bronze sculpture before is the cost impact of various types of texture you can put onto the surface.
On the artistic side of texture we know that it has a huge effect on the finished piece. Texture can create a dramatic emotional connection we all strive for but as a foundry it can create a large financial burden when budgets are tight.
The foundry’s metal finishers should be equipped to replicate textures that are created with standard sculptural tools. We have seen artists become enthralled with the texture they created by using the spork from the fast food restaurant down the street. Now there is a challenge; how to be able to replicate spork, then to do it within a budget.
If you want to create the foundry/artist working relationship, do not be afraid to ask. Communicate your preferences and ask them what theirs are. The foundry may steer you towards a quicker, easier or less expensive solution. The goals should be aligned in creating a piece that all the stakeholders proud of and that creates emotional attachment.