Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.)May 17, 2017-May 21, 2017
The Metal Museum is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Foundry Invitational and River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.), including foundry workshops, a slide lecture, an opportunity to participate in an iron pour and a Family Fun Day from 10:30AM – 2PM on Saturday, May 20 with food trucks and hands-on activities. This year’s guest artist for F.I.R.E. is James Wade Jr., Lecturer/ Researcher at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Wade will teach a pre-conference workshop, May 17-19, on techniques for utilizing 3D modeling and printing to invest into ceramic shell for metal casting. Students will learn these methods to prepare their own mold(s) for casting during the conference.
In addition to Wade’s workshop, the Museum staff will host a shorter pre-conference workshop on green sand casting using oil-bonded sand on Friday, May 19 in preparation for casting on Saturday, May 20.
The F.I.R.E. general conference includes a slide lecture from our visiting artist on the evening of Friday, May 19, aluminum and bronze castings between 10am and 12pm on May 20 and an iron pour during the afternoon of Saturday, May 20. The Museum will fire up its cupolette with a guest furnace provided by Page Burch of Kennesaw, Georgia. Participants may make and cast their own molds.
This conference is open to artists of all skill levels and participants will get instruction from the Lawler Foundry staff and volunteers, as well as have access to many pattern and flask materials. Free camping on the metal museum grounds is also available for participants.