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Our History

Art Casting, A family business

Already in the 19th century, Johan and Geert's Great-Grandfather, Frans Norga was a wood carving artist (church chairs, confessionals, altars, etc.). Since then, craftsmanship in the art world has passed down through the generations of the Norga family.

The son of Frans, Sylvain Norga, became a well-known artist specializing in the creation of sepulchers. Needing to create some his pieces in bronze, he contacted a foundry working in sand casting. He then convinced his brother to start a foundry with him.

During the period between the two wars, Pascal Norga started his foundry in Etikhove, a village presently within the town of Maarkedal in the Flemish Ardennes (Oriental Flanders). He specialized in bronze letters, crosses and religious ornaments for tombstones using the sand casting method.

Herman, the son of Pascal, father of Geert and Johan took courses in art at Sint-Lucasinstituut. Not only did he take over the foundry but expanded it to include lost wax casting in addition to the sand casting. The lost wax method turned out to be excellent for casting more complex works of art.

In the early 90's, Johan took over from his father. Having studied art, he decided to stop producing numbers, letters, etc. and to dedicate the foundry to only casting works of art. That is when the foundry changed its name from The Norga Foundry to Art Casting. In 1995, Johan introduced the ceramic shell method for the first time into the Benelux and brought his brother Geert, economist by trade, into the family business.