Join us on Wednesday, March 9th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for a free demonstration and Q&A hosted by Ricard Escoda Sabates and Ricard Escoda Girait from Escoda and Jerry's Palette Shop!
The Escoda family has been making brushes for artists since 1933. Josep Escoda’s passion and insistence on making the very best brush continues today with his sons and now a 3rd generation which includes their sons and daughters.
The Escoda factory has produced over 75 million brushes. To this day, each brush is made meticulously by hand. The traditional brush making skills of Escoda, combined with a measure of modern technology has created a factory where brushes are made for artists with such precision that the process itself has become an art. The Escoda attention to detail has allowed the factory to be awarded the coveted and prestigious ISO 9001 certificate. This award recognizes the quality and the efficiency used to manufacture an Escoda brush.
The Escoda family believes that no other tool is as important to an artist as the brush they use. To be certain that each brush performs perfectly for each task, the Escoda’s include materials and proprietary methods that exceed the practices of any other manufacturer.
• The finest raw materials available are used in each category of brush.
• A triple crimp, an exclusive trademarked Escoda design, is used for each brush. This ensures that the ferrule remains fixed to the handle for the life of the brush.
• Each handle is perfectly balanced to fit each brush head size. The handles are formed to provide an ergonomic fit for the artist.
• Each brush head is “cured” in a way unique to Escoda that enhances the natural characteristics of the hair or filament. This locks the hairs in place and creates a permanent shape and increases the natural spring and resilience of every brush.
Virtues every artist needs –
“A sensitive heart, a good eye, a skilled hand and the best brush.”
German artist Anslem Feuerbach (1829-1880)
A little bit about the Ricards...
Ricard Escoda Sabates – Sir Ricard, as we call him, is the younger son of the founder - Josep Escoda. He has worked in the family business his whole life, other than his years of military service. He is a master brush craftsman and has been the primary person training the brush makers at Escoda for decades. He actually retired a couple of years ago, but still spends time at the factory every day. He has two sons who work for the company and one daughter who does not.
· Ricard Escoda Giralt – The younger Ricard is the nephew of the older one and is the son of Josep Escoda, the older son of the founder. He too has worked in the family business his entire career, other than his college years and an internship at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone, NC. His background is accounting and so he works on the business side of the company. He is also currently on the Board of Directors of NAMTA, the industry’s trade association. Ricard’s older sister also works for the company.