KirkMcGuireSculpture

Bronze Sculptures | Tables | Commissions

Belvedere Tiburon, California

Announcement    Free Shipping - within The United States. Hello, I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I am working in my sculpting studio on the edge of the bay, just one mile from beautiful, Angel Island, State Park, just over three miles from, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco State University. Sculptures are still being hot-cast and so on. Most recently cast, soon to be in stock, are: ‘Cephalopod’ (bronze octopus coffee table) ‘Legend’ (bronze giant squid table) As well, some of my completed stock includes: ‘Hidden Within’ (Leafy sea dragon, bronze end table) ‘Guarding Atlantis’ (Moray eels & amphora, bronze sculpture version, and table version) there are other sculptures in stock as well. Please look through my listings to read what I currently have in stock. If not 'in stock', everything is purchased by order, with a bronze industry-standard turnaround of 8-12 weeks production time. (This doesn't include shipping times, which vary according to the location of the buyer.)

Dear collectors, there is a deadline to leave me a review, please leave a review shortly after you get your purchases from me.

Thank you so much, Kirk

I look forward to providing you with answers to any questions you may have, so please leave a message, email, or call me directly. Each piece requires a standard 8 - 12 weeks to produce - before shipment, if not already in stock. All my work is available as a small limited edition.

Commissions - I can also do similar custom commissioned one-of-a-kind pieces of sculpture, tables, or functional home décor. If you have any interest in having a personalized sculpture | table or a large installation created please feel free to contact me.

(Worldwide sales and shipping)

"With my sculpture, I hope to raise awareness about the land and sea around us and the animals that live here. I try to capture the ethereal beauty of sea life. I love living on the ocean's edge and hope that creating my work will help bring a little bit of the outside inside. Every living thing has beauty and I try to show this. Please respect our world, respect Mother Earth."

"Please contact me on Etsy if you have any pricing, shipping, or questions of any kind at all. Or, connect with me by using the information provided below."

CONTACT:

web: www.kirkmcguire.com
email: sculpturesales [at] hotmail.com
call me at 415 497 7169

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Last updated on Sep 17, 2021

Free Shipping - within The United States. Hello, I hope everyone is safe and healthy. I am working in my sculpting studio on the edge of the bay, just one mile from beautiful, Angel Island, State Park, just over three miles from, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco State University. Sculptures are still being hot-cast and so on. Most recently cast, soon to be in stock, are: ‘Cephalopod’ (bronze octopus coffee table) ‘Legend’ (bronze giant squid table) As well, some of my completed stock includes: ‘Hidden Within’ (Leafy sea dragon, bronze end table) ‘Guarding Atlantis’ (Moray eels & amphora, bronze sculpture version, and table version) there are other sculptures in stock as well. Please look through my listings to read what I currently have in stock. If not 'in stock', everything is purchased by order, with a bronze industry-standard turnaround of 8-12 weeks production time. (This doesn't include shipping times, which vary according to the location of the buyer.)

Dear collectors, there is a deadline to leave me a review, please leave a review shortly after you get your purchases from me.

Thank you so much, Kirk

I look forward to providing you with answers to any questions you may have, so please leave a message, email, or call me directly. Each piece requires a standard 8 - 12 weeks to produce - before shipment, if not already in stock. All my work is available as a small limited edition.

Commissions - I can also do similar custom commissioned one-of-a-kind pieces of sculpture, tables, or functional home décor. If you have any interest in having a personalized sculpture | table or a large installation created please feel free to contact me.

(Worldwide sales and shipping)

"With my sculpture, I hope to raise awareness about the land and sea around us and the animals that live here. I try to capture the ethereal beauty of sea life. I love living on the ocean's edge and hope that creating my work will help bring a little bit of the outside inside. Every living thing has beauty and I try to show this. Please respect our world, respect Mother Earth."

"Please contact me on Etsy if you have any pricing, shipping, or questions of any kind at all. Or, connect with me by using the information provided below."

CONTACT:

web: www.kirkmcguire.com
email: sculpturesales [at] hotmail.com
call me at 415 497 7169

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Kirk McGuire Bronze Sculpture

Hello, Etsy shoppers and collectors! I just have to announce that we have moved from our San Francisco place, and secured an amazingly beautiful little 1914 home in the beautiful Keil Cove, in Tiburon, CA. I now have a detached sculpting studio on-site. Not only is this more convenient, but it's also astoundingly inspirational to live right on the bay. Our home faces Berkeley and has a direct view of the entire Cove and the beautiful Angel Island. I pinch myself each morning! I then make my coffee and enjoy two-morning cuppas while I set on one of several benches in our gardens. Before COVID, I used to drop my wife off at the Tiburon Ferry terminal here in Tiburon. (Since the start of 'it', my wife has worked from her home office here with me!) I still begin and end each day out back in my new sculpting studio. I can actually see gray whale spouts from my sculpting studio! (They usually start showing in March each year.) As well from our home, we see daily wildlife. Some of which are: Gray whales, Harbor porpoises, Bald eagles, Ospreys Brown, Pelicans, Harbor Seals, Seasonal CA Sealions, Turkey Vultures, Coastal Blacktail Deers, San Francisco River Otters. We even have a Coastal red-sided garter snake that gave our property babies already! This is just some of what we see from our new location.

All of my creations are 'Fine Art' nothing I do is 'mass-produced'. I would like you to know each sculpture is custom-made by me upon ordering, unless already in stock. I sculpt the originals, mold them, do the waxwork, then deliver the waxes to a large foundry in Berkeley, CA. Including casting time at the foundry, each piece takes a standard approximate 8 - 12 weeks to produce - before shipping... Each sculpture or table is offered in a very small limited edition. This is fine art!

I can also do similar custom pieces upon request, should you have an idea. As well custom commissioned one-of-a-kind pieces of sculpture, or tables/furniture.

BIOGRAPHY

Kirk is a born artist with a lifelong curiosity for nature. His signature trait of capturing movement and detail is from his intense love, curiosity, and study of each species. Each sculpture is made of 'hot cast' bronze, using the ancient 'lost wax' casting method. Making heavy stationary objects appear 'light as air' is another of his stand-out traits. In 1984 Kirk began a nine-year apprenticeship at the Monterey Sculpture Center. Perfected his bronze technique from experience and creation. Kirk McGuire is a master sculptor and the following bronze sculptures are examples of his exquisite talent. The elegance of his bronze work is prominent in all his creations, each a true piece of fine art in a limited edition. In his 36 plus year sculpting career, more than 1,500 unique bronze sculptures, have been collected and displayed around the world. Sold Internationally to high-end art galleries, collectors, featured in magazines and on television, and he’s been commissioned by the Malaysian Princess of Johor Bahru. More recently Kirk's 'Legend' table was the centerpiece with Triton Submarines during the 2016 Explorers Club, 112th Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Triton Submarines LLC has become one of his latest collectors. Triton filmed a giant squid from a Triton sub for the first time in history which was the Discovery Channel feature 'Curiosity'. Kirk's giant squid table 'Legend' was featured with Triton during Blue Ocean Film Festivals VIP Gala 2016 and during a Premiere of 'Before The Flood'. After some travel around the world, Kirk has now settled in beautiful Tiburon, CA. Where he is creating a completely new collection of bronze sculptures and functional bronze tables. All of his work is created in limited editions, or as one-of-a-kind commissions. While Kirk’s work has been sold almost exclusively through galleries in the past, he’s now offering his work only directly to his collectors from his website, Etsy.com, or various other online venues abroad. Kirk continues to sell his existing line, or do commission work around the world.

"LOST WAX CASTING"

The earliest known “lost-wax” castings date from the early dynasties of Egypt, nearly 7,000 years ago, when metal was poured into “investments” of fired clay that had been shaped with the help of wax that was melted, or “lost”. Then, sometime between 4,000 and 3,000 B.C., bronze was discovered, probably by accident, as being a metal that was harder than copper or tin alone. Thus began the era known as the Bronze Age.

BRONZE

Bronze is an alloy of 95% copper, 4% silicon, and 1% manganese with traces of other elements such as iron. Silicon bronze has been the bronze of choice for fine art castings since its development in the 1920s. It is corrosion-resistant, strong, resilient, formable, and weldable. Also known as "hot-cast" bronze, a fine art "lost-wax" casting of silicon bronze is created through many labor-intensive steps. The most accurate and still the most popular method of casting bronze is the cire perdu or lost wax technique. It was known in Egypt by about 1570 B.C., may also have developed in China a few decades later, and by the 7th century B.C., had been brought to a high level by the Greeks. In essence, the original model is sculpted in wax, then covered by some sort of heat-resistant material, then heated to the point where the wax melts out, leaving the negative impression inside the mold to be filled with molten metal.

The earliest bronze castings were solid and their weight, as well as the size of the heat resistant crucibles that could be handled, limited the size of the casting. Large statues and vessels were cast in sections and then joined with rivets or soldering, both crafts that the Greeks perfected some 3000 years ago. By the 6th century B.C., Greek artists and foundrymen had developed assembly-line methods to satisfy the demand for their products in many lands. By the 4th century, the Romans had similar methods for producing armor and weapons for their legions.

The Greeks also developed the basic method for making many copies of a work. The original was sculpted in a hard material such as stone or wood and then a mold was formed in sections over it. The "piece mold" was then removed from the original, a layer of wax was poured into the reassembled mold, and the core was filled with refractory material, after which the wax was melted out. A great breakthrough came with the hollow core casting, requiring far less metal than a solid casting. Here, instead of the original being made in solid wax, the wax was modeled over a core of refractory material and the mold was formed over the wax. With the core material held in position by bronze pins, the wax was melted out and the bronze poured into the space between the core and the mold, both of which could then be chiseled away once the bronze had cooled.

In the many centuries from the birth of Christ to the Renaissance, art in bronze flourished mainly in China and especially India, where dancers and other human figures were skillfully depicted in motion, and the sculptures elaborately decorated with engraving and inlays of precious metals and stones.

With the Renaissance, Florence and then Venice attracted the greatest sculptors. Donatello of the famous David bronze and Ghiberti, both trained at the Guild of Goldsmiths, were followed in Florence by Giovanni, Michelangelo, Riccio, Bologna, and Cellini. The Memoirs of Cellini give fascinating accounts of the art and craft of bronze casting.

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  • Kirk McGuire

    Owner, Artist, Sculptor

    I'm an artist, always have been. Coming from a bloodline of 'born artist'. Noticeably artistic at four. I sculpt my originals, make molds, do the waxwork, now foundries do metalwork & patina. I do shipping, marketing, my own website design & SEO.

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Last updated on May 9, 2022
Bronze Sculpture & Table Production Timeline

Once full payment has been processed and cleared. Sculptures in the existing line are 'made to order'. standard production lead time in my Industry is 8 - 12 weeks not including shipping. Occasionally there are pieces in stock. If in stock depending on its size, shipment can usually go out within one week. (Depending on the size and packaging complexity, or the country it's shipping to.) Large bronze sculptures and tables must have custom crating made by Professional Fine Art Crating & Shipping Companies I trust and use (usually taking 1 - 2 weeks to crate up before shipment).

*Commissioned sculpture or monumental installments do not apply to this timeline and will be determined according to each project.

Packaging/Shipping Cost

1. Smaller to medium sculptures will be boxed and bubble wrapped then mailed UPS or USPS mail with a Tracking# provided once it has shipped.

2. Larger sculptures/tables need a custom crate, Your bronze will be safely packaged, insured and shipped as arranged. Glass tabletops will be dropped shipped separately to you from the glass factory that supplies us.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Quality Assurance/ Care Sheet/Certificate of Authenticity

I will provide a receipt and quality assurance letter that guarantees no more than one artist's proof will ever be made, signed by me, and will accompany each sculpture. A care sheet describing how to care for a bronze. A signed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany each bronze.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
In my 37 + year career, not one collector has wanted to return anything, but if you have a valid issue concerning damage or quality let me know and I will repair, or replace it. I am dedicated to providing high-quality Fine Art Sculpture at as good a price as I can manage and I will do everything I can to ensure you are happy with your purchase.
Payment
Payments made through Etsy using credit cards, or PayPal. Unless I agreed to a different payment method before the purchase. All sales are final unless your sculpture is damaged in shipping. In the event something is damaged I will either completely repair the piece or make a new one. Once payment clears my account each piece takes a standard 8-12 weeks to produce. Unless it's already in stock - Sales tax must be charged.
Shipping
Unless already in stock, standard production lead time is 8-12 weeks not including shipping.

1. Large sculpture or table will require custom crates by a Professional 'Fine Art' Shipping Company that I trust and use.

2. Small to Medium sculpture will ship using box & padding through either UPS or box/padding shipping through USPS.

3. All shipments will have tracking provided and I will update you throughout the entire process.

Glass tabletops:

United States shipments - Glass tabletops are drop shipped from my glass suppliers separately.

Glass tabletops:

International shipments - Glass table tops can not be dropped shipped from my glass suppliers and will require crating. I will ship the purchased glass tabletop using the same Professional 'Fine Art' Shipping Company that I trust and use to ship the table base.

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

I am happy to provide any answers to possible shipping questions you might have. More details provided upon request.

Thank you,

Kirk
Additional policies and FAQs
Shipments are insured. I will provide updates and Tracking throughout the process of your order.

Sales tax must be charged.