Out on the road…

furnaceI’ve been fortunate enough to be asked to be a visiting artist next week at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville GA, where we will be completing their first aluminum furnace!  Fellow WVU graduate student and alum Matt Forrest is now faculty at GCSU, and I look forward to meeting the rest of the faculty and students and sharing what we’ve been up to at Fairmont State University.

I’m also excited to be traveling to Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices.  Lots going on at this event, giving a demo on pattern making, helping Professor Kurt Dyrhaug and his students on their furnace, a piece in the Professional Exhibition, and giving a presentation on the 2018 International Cast Iron in Art Conference in Scranton PA.  Busy Busy!

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WVU Aluminum Pour

Aluminum Casting

The Advanced Sculpture students at WVU, led by faculty member Dylan Collins, fired up the foundry today and poured aluminum.  They used a plaster-silica mold system that encases wax positives, then are burned out, leaving negative spaces filled by the hot metal.  These molds will need to cool for a day, then they can be broken open and cleaned up.

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