Friday, January 27, 2017

Interview with Jeff

I'm ashamed that I haven't posted on here forever. Jeff is doing so many amazing things. Take for instance this great video interview the Center of the West did on him a while back. I bet none of you have seen this. My bad . . .




Thursday, December 3, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Rudolph Studio

When your name is Rudolph, Christmas has a whole other layer of fun. I just wanted to take a few minutes and wish all of our friends, family and clients a wonderful holiday season and a happy and prosperous year ahead. From all of us at the Rudolph stables to all of you.



Sunday, August 9, 2015


I've really been neglecting this blog.
I assure you it's not because Jeff hasn't been doing things. He's been very busy in fact.
A big project that is ongoing in Cody right now is the Where Buffalo Roam fundraiser in which Jeff sculpted the original buffalo that you can find all over Cody painted by various artists. Check out this video to get a better idea of what goes on with this project.

https://vimeo.com/135704315

Monday, September 16, 2013

Artist's Point of Departure


Time again for the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. That's always a big weekend for us. Jeff has been in the show since 1995 when he won the Weiss award his very first year. We've been enjoying the event every year after that.

This year J. Burnham Rudolph got a little crazy and went out on a limb. Instead of his usual stone carving or bronze, he did a very large paper cast of Artist's Point in Yellowstone. We are a little nervous to see how it does in the auction on Friday. Auctions are such fickle things at best and I can't say I've ever seen a paper cast at this show since I have been attending. It should be a very interesting night.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

He Who Must Not Be Named.

















It is amazing to me how other peoples' bad choices can so effect our lives.

Just got back a few days ago from Golden Colorado where "Sculptor Boy" Jeffrey Burnham Rudolph (alias the coolest hubby in the world) had to remove the name from the biker monument he did for the city.

The race winning biker, who must now not be named, was a naughty boy and got caught doping. So the city who was so proud of him at first, was a tad embarrassed.

Hence, Jeff had to grind it off and refinish the piece. Not an easy job, even if it were not so annoying. Bronzes are hollow. And as he was afraid would happen, a hole showed up. It was only by divine intervention and a little help from some great city workers, that he was able to rent a portable TIG welder (didn't even know there was such a thing before, YAY for modern technology!) and fix the problem.

Now Golden has a newly genericised biker monument which they plan to install on Washington Ave. right across from the bike shop.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Making of a Monument

 Wow, I can't believe it's been a year since I posted on this blog! It certainly isn't because nothing has been happening. Jeff has done a lot of projects this last year.

 The biggest in size is this Eagle that he did for a charter school in Victorville CA. I thought I would use it to give you a very short glimpse of how a bronze monument is made.


The top photo is the first step. The school had the idea that they wanted the eagle to evolve from a natural piece of wood. After a few different tries, this is what Jeff came up with that they accepted.

Once that was complete, he enlarged the piece to fifty four inches tall. The finished clay is pictured at the left.

Then the fun really begins. Our new friends from Billing Bronze came to the studio and made molds.

 

First they start with several layers of white mold latex, sectioned off with shims. Then each section is covered in plaster and fiberglass mesh to make a stiff "mother mold." That is what you see Rayne doing here.





Once all the sections are plastered, they are numbered to avoid confusion later when the parts are taken to the foundry, cast in wax and then more molds are made on the wax which is then burned out and replaced with bronze.
After that, the bronze pieces are welded together and the welds are ground down to the original texture that was on the clay. Then chemicals are sprayed on at high temperatures to create different colored patinas.

 


And here it sets on an aerie at its' new home.










I hope this gives you some idea of how a bronze monument is made. I haven't been very detailed and I skipped a lot of steps. The making of a bronze is very labor intensive and costly. The more others understand this, the more they can appreciate the great public art pieces that are found throughout this country. Nothing good comes easy . . .

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sculpting in Plaster


We call this fellow "Horse Fly." Jeff seems to be into horses lately.

On this one, he's working with plaster. The beauty of plaster is that it is both additive and subtractive in nature. It can be built up like clay and yet you can carve it like stone and polish it. For someone who loves to carve, it's a great medium to turn to when stone is not an option. This piece is a good example of that. It wouldn't be possible to make a stone stand on one thin leg without breaking.
However, when "Horse Fly" is finished,  it will be molded and cast in bronze. Plaster is great to work with, but it isn't very durable in the long term.

This is a dynamic piece of work, lots of motion and tension in the anatomy. It's going to be a show stopper when it's finished. Watch the web page for further info on this horse sculpture...

(See Jeff sculpt. Jeff scupts good. I like Jeff. Go Jeff, go.) :)