Re: Sculpting vs casting
dogdoctor- I don't understand why your having a foundry was a factor in awarding you the commission. Is your country in general bereft of foundries available to cast decent work?
One hopes that the factor most relevant would be, "Is this person's concept (or past history of good design concepts and excecution of work)) the best from among the choices?" By emphasizing the role of your (soon to be) foundry in the decision, you may be selling short the role your artistic ability had in the selection.