Foster Reeve Plaster The leader in plaster moulding production and installation. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 15:16:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Foster Reeve Plaster 32 32 161433059 Period Homes – Eric Inman Daum Architect Creates a Private Mausoleum Thu, 06 Feb 2020 19:35:04 +0000 A few years ago, Foster Reeve: Architectural & Ornamental Plaster worked with Eric Daum on creating a plaster dome for a private mausoleum in the New England Area. This project perfectly encompasses the different ways plaster can be incorporated into construction, and shows off what shapeform panels are capable of with the right company. The article from Period Homes explains what went into the projects from all aspects, with the excerpt about the plaster dome created by us can be found below the image.

Plaster Dome

The dome created by Foster Reeve from Eric Daum’s precise drawing represented a multifaceted challenge the team. Geometry, engineering, coordination, and, of course, a little sculpture. Beginning with site measurements, the team maximized the size of the dome for its relationship to the oculus above and to the as built concrete square at the bottom. From there they scaled the design to most closely match the architect’s intent. Selection of the ornament involved architect review of samples from our ornament library to choose the style from which to sculpt the precisely scaled elements. The egg and dart was carefully modulated to create perfect corners on the various panel sides. The installation of precast ceilings goes surprisingly quickly, if all the planning and shop work are properly executed. There is no framing to be built beforehand, and all coordination with adjacent or embedded elements is carefully mapped out in the shop drawings. Blocking and bracing are provided as needed during the installation, with location and design of the seams planned for ease of finishing. Delivering a finished product of this complexity, and having it quickly transform a raw interior into a finished space was especially rewarding to the team.

Original Article written by Kiley Jacques for Period Homes

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Foster Reeve & Associates, Inc Receives 2020 Best of Brooklyn Award Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:42:32 +0000 Brooklyn Award Program Honors the Achievement

Foster Reeve & Associates, Inc has been selected for the 2020 Best of Brooklyn Award in the Architectural Moldings category by the Brooklyn Award Program.

Each year, the Brooklyn Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Brooklyn area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Brooklyn Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Brooklyn Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Brooklyn Award Program

The Brooklyn Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Brooklyn area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Brooklyn Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Brooklyn Award Program

Brooklyn Award Program

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Sculptural Plasterwork in a Lake Front Home Fri, 20 Dec 2019 20:09:08 +0000 Overlooking a lake in New Jersey, a charming shingle style home is nestled on a hill.  From the outside, one may not expect the sculptural delights that await the eye across the interior elevations. Upon entry, the visitor is immediately drawn through a procession of spaces, each offering a new decorative discovery around the corner. With details inspired from antiquity, the Italian Renaissance, and 18th century Paris, this house offers a delicious taste of eclectic classical beauty. Though rich with sophisticated ornamentation, the spirit of the house is one of playfulness and whimsy. This inviting and fantastical setting acts as a retreat for the hot summer months, promising family fun and relaxation.

The creation of these interiors required exacting collaboration between architect, builder, millworkers, artisan plaster workers and sculptors. The scope of this plasterwork includes design collaboration with the architect, studio fabrication, and the onsite installation.

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The front doors open the main entry, looking up to see a unique sculpted ceiling.
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Detail view of ceiling relief and framing acanthus crown above the entry door stained glass.
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Looking up at the ceiling from one sees a central acanthus rosette with scrolling rinceau vines radiating outward.

A concept sketch was developed by the architect and sculptor. Based on the concept sketch developed with the architect, a pattern was drawn by the sculptor and laid out on a reflected ceiling plan. The pattern is directly inspired by the Ara Pacis Augustae, in Rome. Upon approval of the reflected ceiling plan, a more exact drawing was created. This drawing was enlarged to full scale and used as a pattern followed by the sculptor to create the three-dimensional relief.

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Before sculpting the entire panels, a sample 3D sketch was made to show the intended spirit, weight of relief, and surface texture. With the client’s approval of the sample, work could begin in the large sculpted panels.

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The clay model of the ceiling relief sits in the studio, bathed in dramatic morning light. These panels represent one half of the full ceiling. A rubber mold was made of this relief, and plaster castings were made. This entire relief was cast twice, and mirrored on itself to create the full ceiling. The large cast panels were shipped to the job site, and installed to a drywall ceiling.

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A detail of the clay relief along the center axis. Per the client’s request, local birds and flora were incorporated into the design.

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This is the clay model for the center rosette, which is a grouping of acanthus leaves radiating from the center point. A mold was made of the model, and a plaster casting was made. The outer leaves were cast twice and connected to each other to complete the full rosette.

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Passing through the entry, one enters the main stair hall. The focal point of this room is the grand pediment above the doorway. The geometry of the pediment is inspired by Michelangelo’s Porta Pia in Rome. The ornamental relief related the pediment to the adjacent ceiling. The pediment is crowned with a triumphant eagle spreading its wings. Behind the eagle’s head can be a seen a bas-relief panel of a sun rising over the lake, with striking rays of light. At the top of the landing we see two doorways, each capped with lunette reliefs of angels, allegories of Day and Night.

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Detailed view of plaster pediment.
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Detailed view of plaster pediment.
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Stair hall elevation view of plaster door surround and pediment, looking out through entry doors.

This is an initial sketch provided by the architect and given to the plaster designer to develop into a drawing that a sculptor can follow, as shown. Before building the full scale model, a small clay sketch is made to help understand the relationships between the geometric and sculptural forms.

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The eagle is sculpted in clay at full scale. The drawing is mounted below the sculpture to demonstrate the relationship between the eagle and geometric members of the pediment.

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The finished clay model is laid down horizontally and a rubber mold is made. A wall is built around the clay sculpture to catch the liquid rubber as it is poured over the model. This image shows the first layer of rubber. Multiple layers are applied until the rubber is about 3/8” thick. From this mold, the plaster cast is made.

Concept sketches of the overdoor lunettes are drawn by the sculptor. The heavy light and dark contrast communicates the high relief desired by the client. 

These are the finished clay models of the lunette reliefs, Angels of Day (above) and Night (below). Rubber molds are made of the clay sculptures, and plaster casts are made. 

These are finished plaster casts of the over door lunettes, Day and Night. They are brought to the job site and installed above the doorways on the stair hall landing.

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A simple plaster profile cases the passageway into the kitchen. The plaster range hood, with simple and graceful lines, frames a floral plaster relief in Louis XVI style.

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Side view of plaster range hood.
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Plaster relief flower garlands fill the recessed panels on the side of the wooden cabinets.
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A fresh plaster casting of the relief panel is removed from the soft rubber mold.
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The flower garland is first sculpted in tan clay. Multiple plaster castings are made from the same mold.
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The family room is a delight of ornamental plaster. Along the crown, a bracketed cove, a sculpted rose vine runs through lattice. A delicate ceiling medallion combines lattice, acanthus, and garland motifs. The curved corners of the walls are trees in low relief, each uniquely adorned with local fauna, and attributes of childhood pastimes. This room draws its inspiration from the Salon de Compagnie de l’Hôtel d’Uzès, at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris.

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Detail of plaster overdoor relief, ornament cove. Where the crown turns the corner, an HVAC grill is created behind two birds grasping a flower garland.

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A floor to ceiling detail of a corner tree relief, overdoor relief, and ornate crown.
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Detail of ceiling medallion. A contrast of low and high relief makes this ceiling relief a delicate gem.

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Before the medallion is sculpted, a preparatory drawing is made.

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The Master Bathroom. Above the his and her sink, a mirrors are framed by graceful plaster arches. Along the center is a three quarter engaged plaster Corinthian colonnette, with an acanthus base, and crowning urn

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The plaster/wood model is prepared for a rubber mold.

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Details of Corinthian colonnette

Photography by:
Emily Bedard
Michal Jaszewski

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House Beautiful – Inside the Intricate Process of Decorative Plaster Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:11:56 +0000 A couple weeks ago, we welcomed the team from House Beautiful in our studio to learn about and film our plaster processes. The result can be found in the article. It is a great representation of what goes on in our studio daily, and really shows what many people wondered what goes into our work. Enjoy the video below and follow the link to get more information.

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