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March 19, 2021

After the Pour

Following the iron pour, we found ourselves with another week of hard work. We began by devesting our art from both the sand molds and the ceramic shell molds. Not only did we have to carve away the molds encasing our artwork, but we also had to clean the courtyard where we had our iron pour and the cupola furnace. This proved to be a difficult task because all of the remaining iron was hardened and needed to be hammered and chiseled away. After cleaning the cupola we could finally focus on...
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March 18, 2021

Two Perspectives of The Great Iron Pour

The Great Iron Pour (Dramatized):The time had finally come, the day we’ve all been waiting for: the day of The Great Iron Pour. Thousands (closer to 20) people came to watch it. And as the night cooled down, ours was just beginning. As the temperature outside dropped, the temperature inside the furnace rose, along with our spirits and excitement. As more and more and more people joined the crowd, the crew donned their ceremonial leathers and got into positions. It was finally time. The Iron...
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March 12, 2021

Sculptures, Sand and Styrofoam

In the past few days completing week two of The Great Iron Pour ECS, we’ve worked long days and with a variety of different mediums to create and mold our own sculptures. This week, we used water clay to form sculptures. The clay is added to and subtracted from the background plane to form relief sculptures. We then built and drilled wooden box frames to envelop our pieces, which were later filled to the brim with sand to create sand molds for the upcoming Iron Pour. Afterwards, the pieces...
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March 09, 2021

Sprues and Slurry

This week we worked on breaking up iron, creating sprue systems for the wax sculptures, and breaking up condensed and purified coal (aka coke). Students continued to break down the CSS iron furnace into smaller pieces, and measure out 25-pound portions of iron for the Iron Pour. Sprue systems are systems of wax that hold all of our sculptures. We create a cone-shaped base and a long piece of wax as the base of the sprue system. Then we use the hot tools to melt each piece to the sprue. Then we...
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March 05, 2021

From Clay to Wax

  As we wrap up the first week of the Iron Pour ECS, we also finalize our wax molds. I have been primarily working with oil clay and water clay to create my initial rendition of a piece rather than simply working with wax. My process begins with clay; I shape and mold it into the sculpture shape that I want in iron. However, I have to make sure that the clay won’t get stuck in the plaster mold, so I am careful to avoid undercuts and any extremities that could potentially get caught in the...
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March 03, 2021

Breaking Up Iron Ingots

The Iron Pour started by finding inspiration from professional artists. We researched old and new works of art from talented individuals who could give us ideas about what to make. From there, we learned how to manipulate different mediums: water clay, oil clay, and wax. Groups worked together as they taught each other what they learned, forming both the wax and the ideas they had for sculptures. First, our hands were tested. We learned techniques to smooth, draw, and detail. I worked with...
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February 17, 2021

Iron Pour ECS | Course Description

The Great Iron Pour Essential question: Through hands-on immersion into historic techniques and processes, study of metallurgy, chemistry, materials science and industry, as well as working with professional sculptors, can we come to a clear understanding of the enormous significance of the age of metals while developing a personal aesthetic relationship with cast iron as an artistic medium? Course description: The Iron Pour ECS is a hands-on immersion into the world of making and...
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March 18, 2021

Two Perspectives of The Great Iron Pour

The Great Iron Pour (Dramatized):The time had finally come, the day we’ve all been waiting for: the day of The Great Iron Pour. Thousands (closer to 20) people came to watch it. And as the night cooled down, ours was just beginning. As the temperature outside dropped, the temperature inside the...
» read more
March 12, 2021

Sculptures, Sand and Styrofoam

In the past few days completing week two of The Great Iron Pour ECS, we’ve worked long days and with a variety of different mediums to create and mold our own sculptures. This week, we used water clay to form sculptures. The clay is added to and subtracted from the background plane to form relief...
» read more
March 09, 2021

Sprues and Slurry

This week we worked on breaking up iron, creating sprue systems for the wax sculptures, and breaking up condensed and purified coal (aka coke). Students continued to break down the CSS iron furnace into smaller pieces, and measure out 25-pound portions of iron for the Iron Pour. Sprue systems are...
» read more
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