Memorials in Bronze – A unique approach to funerary art.





– The Artist

Michael J. Pollare

Michael James Pollare was born, raised, and educated in Illinois. Throughout his years in elementary school, his classes took annual field trips to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, and Shedd Aquarium.

Each excursion deeply impacted him.

Later Michael graduated from Western Illinois University earning dual Bachelor degrees in Studio Art and Earth Sciences.

He earned a minor degree Funerary Sciences.

Geology, paleontology, and oceanographywere and still are his passions.

Mr. Pollare resides in northern California, where he operates his own commercial bronze art foundry.

– The Art

The bronze art of Michael J. Pollare

All designs on this website are made by Michael James Pollare. Each is hand-made by the artist.

The pieces on this site do not have a formal numbered edition. Replications are made using the standard lost wax casting method. The overall composition of each replication is similar; the surface detail will have minor variations making each one unique.

The metal used to cast is manually mixed in the crucible to produce high-quality bronzes.

His sculpture works on both small and monumental scales. Custom sizes are offered to fit any size parameter or budget. “Virtual Placement” services (usually used for scale-up projects) are available upon request. SEE EXAMPLES [Virtual Placements]

If an urn (or to some an “ash vessel”) is requested, Michael will create a design that incorporates it with the bronze sculpture. SEE EXAMPLES [Urn Design]

All pieces are designed with specific places to put tealight or votive candles.

Steel pedestals are available upon request. SEE EXAMPLES [Pedestals]

“I find solace in your artistic, inner space where quiet and beauty live unfettered by the maddening pace outside. Outside is kept out of your inventions.

In your inner sanctums, a fortunate visitor can pause time for a moment or two, or forever if he chooses to remain.”

Jack Leissring

Curator and Collector