Stratton Sculpture Studios: Gary Pergolini, Pavel Efremoff, Shane Stratton, Julia Stratton, Darla Jackson & Colleen Rudolf

photo by Liz Ligon 2019 

Stratton Sculpture Studios

We are Philadelphia-based sculptors specializing in mold making, bronze casting, modeling and enlarging. Our boutique-style studios and foundry attract artists who seek experienced craftsmen and continuity throughout the entire process. We make sculpture of every scale in our 11,000-square-foot building in North East Philadelphia. We melt four-hundred-fifty-pounds of bronze per pour, and can assemble large-scale work up to 20’ in height.

Shane and Julia Stratton founded Stratton Sculpture Studios twenty-five years ago, and continue to complete work with their own hands, employing only a small group of skilled craftsman to assist them. This allows the Studios crew to stay with a piece throughout the entire process. We take on fewer projects than our competitors, and believe that our focused approach translates into a more masterful result, often in a faster turn-around time.

Highlights include:

  • Enlarging & casting Simone Leigh’s 16’ Brick House, the inaugural sculpture of The High Line Plinth

  • Historical bronze reproduction from original of early American sculptor William Rush’s Nymph and Bittern for the Philadelphia Art Museum

  • Clay Modeling Gift Horse, Hans Haacke’s 14’ bronze horse skeleton for London's Fourth Plinth

  • Creating a 16' monolithic poured rubber mold on Clete Sheild’s Vaquero Monument

  • Hand-finishing Sarah Peters' Figurheads exhibition for Van Doren Waxter Gallery

  • Receiving the 2019 Preservation Achievement Award in conjunction with the Fairmount Park Conservancy

  • Clay modeling with artist & casting two 7’ bronze sculptures for Simone Leigh’s Loophole of Retreat at the Guggenheim Museum

  • Designing, fabricating & installing a 15' found-object sculpture for the Pig Iron Theater Company

  • Mold making & bronze casting Steve Layne’s 10’ Joe Frazier monument for Philadelphia’s Xfinity Center

  • Enlarging & fabricating Sam Maitin’s 12.5’ painted aluminum sculpture for the Woodmere Art Museum

  • Bronze casting for Matthew Barney's Cremaster installation at the Guggenheim Museum

  • Clay modeling with artist & casting Simone Leigh’s bronze sculptures for the 2019 Whitney Biennial


Stratton Sculpture Studios have produced work for many individual sculptors and institutions including the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York High Line, the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop, Newark Liberty Museum, Material Conservation Company, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Woodmere Art Museum, Kimmel Center, Berman Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Paula Cooper Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, Luhring Augustine Gallery, Laurel Gitlen Gallery, Eleven Rivington Gallery, Anthony Meier Gallery, Tom Otterness, Simone Leigh, Janine Antoni, Sherrie Levine, Hans Haacke, Yoan Capote, and Matthew Barney.

We have done sculpture conservation and patination work on the collections of Lehigh University, Ursinus College, Curtis Institute of Music, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Michener Art Museum, Daylesford Abbey, Philadelphia Zoo, and Grounds for Sculpture.