Howard Lake, Minn.
By Maria Surma Manka | Photography by Paul Middlestaedt
You can’t speed up the artistic process, and few people know that better than Wes Jones, owner of Casting Creations of Minnesota. Working with metals at his foundry and fabrication shop, Wes and his team create sculptures of stunning detail and size.
“A mold can be a two-week process. Ceramic takes up to 10 coats and it’s one coat a day. A life-size sculpture is four-to-six weeks minimum,” said Jones. But good things come to those who wait, as Casting Creations’ sculptures will likely last several lifetimes.
Wes and his wife, Lori, co-own the business. Part foundry and part fabrication shop, Casting Creations primarily produces custom art sculptures. “Typically, an artist designs it and we do the casting and molding and finishing,” explained Jones.
Jones, his wife, and four employees create statues, memorials, plaques, and public works of art for individuals and organizations around the world. Every job is different because every job is custom.