About the Artist
Wawirka Functional Sculpture for the Bath was founded in 1999 by Julie Wawirka. All work from its inception has been cast from highest grade domestically sourced bronze alloys, and finished on site by Calcagno Studio and Foundry near Portland, Oregon.
Julie Wawirka has had a long and varied career in the arts, receiving national and regional recognition for her drawing and work in thrown porcelain. She is inspired by classical Japanese craft and forms shaped by the forces of nature.
About The Materials
Wawirka vessels and accessories satisfy USGBC LEED standards for contributing materials and are naturally antimicrobial.
- Our bronze alloys contain: 90% recycled content, 50% post-consumer recycled content and 40% pre-consumer recycled content.
- Our vessels are sand cast, an efficient low tech process that reuses the sand molding material indefinitely.
- Our products are designed and manufactured entirely in the Portland, Oregon metro area.
- Our silicon bronze is best quality lead free Herculoy bronze alloy, refined and shipped from domestic sources.
- Has an unplated, perpetually renewable surface maintainable with simple, nontoxic cleaning materials.
- Containing over 90% copper, our bronze alloy is considered a naturally sterile surface. Harmful bacteria can survive for days on stainless steel, porcelain, or glass, but on copper alloy surfaces they are eliminated within hours. For more information, see this article on Wikipedia on the Antimicrobial properties of copper.