Work with experienced Rivers of Steel teaching artists and visiting artist Matt Crane to learn the basics of foundry work, including pattern and mold-making. It’s a step-by-step overview of the iron-casting process!
Metal Arts Workshop—Intro to Iron Casting
Intro to Iron Casting
Iron casting is a community workshop experience!
Intro to Iron Casting participants work with experienced Rivers of Steel teaching artists to learn the basics of foundry work, pattern and mold-making, and receive a step-by-step overview of the iron casting process. No prior experience necessary. This workshop covers multi-part mold and pattern design, lost- wax casting, resin-bonded sand molds, and experience participating in an iron-casting demonstration. The course results in your own unique design(s) cast in solid iron!
All items for the workshop will be cast on Saturday October 8th during the annual Festival of Combustion 1-8p.m. Cooled castings can be picked up on the following Sunday between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please note that the iron-casting operation can often last eight or more hours, and start time for the casting period is determined day of, based on mold count, outdoor temperature and other factors. Additionally, the pick-up window on Sunday may be later than anticipated if the casting operation lasts long into the previous evening. Check with Rivers of Steel Metal Arts staff on the casting date for more specific information.
Intro to Iron Casting workshops include up to 250 lbs. of sand and corresponding chemical, waste removal, and related foundry consumables. Sand and chemical needs beyond this allotted amount are available for $.31/lb. Any additional material fees are required to be paid upon pick up of the final castings.
Hours & Admission*
This program is a three-day workshop offered Thursday through Saturday, October 6-8 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Workshops are limited to 25 participants.
Location & Directions
The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in Swissvale and Rankin, PA in the Monongahela River Valley. The entrance to the Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104. The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Pittsburgh PA 15218.
What to Know Before You Go
As a former industrial site, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit.
- Masks: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies. Masks are to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
- Maintain social distance: Social distancing is no longer mandatory, but we do ask that you be mindful of the people around you, allowing for a comfortable amount of space when possible.
Thank you for following these guidelines. We wish you to have the best visit possible, and appreciate your patience as we continue to improve the visitor experience.