I’m excited and honored to have a new piece installed on the Mon River Trail in Morgantown WV for the next year. There are a number of new pieces from regional artists that are currently going in, and it’s nice to see the city investing in local work. Stop by while jogging on the rail trail, see whats been installed.
A bit of press from our recent trip to NY to pour iron-
Rubber and Plaster Molds for Waxes
The Sculpture II students are learning how to make make two and three part molds of their original objects, so they can pull wax positives for lost-wax investment castings. A few shots here show projects in various stages, from making the molds, to pulling the waxes, to spruing up the wax systems to be invested in a plaster/sand concoction. Ultimately, these will be burned out and filled with bronze or aluminum at the metal foundry at West Virginia University.
Fairmont State Foundations
It’s that time again, and our talented 3D Foundations students at Fairmont State University have not disappointed. With only a few rolls of masking tape and two weeks of class time, these artists recreate custom footwear, keeping a direct 1-1 scale with their source shoes. For more information on how the 3D and Sculpture department is progressing, follow my blog!
Firing up the furnace, making molds, breaking iron
Here are some images of the Iron Cupola and it’s components being installed at the Fairmont State University Foundry with it’s new lining. After the ceramic material is rammed into place and dried, we brought it up to melting temperature. Basically it’s a 12″ chimney stack with some real high-fire refractory to protect the walls, some forced air inlets, pour and slag holes, and a trap door on the bottom. The large chunks of burning embers at the bottom are remaining lumps of “coke” or the high-temp fuel for the operation. We will actually be able to reclaim that fuel and use it for the pour. Excitement is building, iron is being broken up, and the sand molds are being made in advance of the 10/26 pour that is scheduled. Contact me with any questions about the process or our operation-
226 Sculpture students learning how to weld and torch-cut