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June 8, 2021

Sculptural Aluminum Casting

Tuesday, 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm

(Three-day workshop)
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
4:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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This workshop will introduce the process used to create three-dimensional sculptural forms in cast aluminum—patternmaking, mold making, and casting.  (Note: Finishing techniques are not covered.) The workshop includes instruction in the use of wax, plasticene (oil-based clay), and various other pattern materials.  Most participants make their patterns from several pre-made forms we have in stock.  These include vessels, utensils, door pulls, light switch covers, fabric, styrofoam etc.  Workshop participants are able to customize their own design to these existing forms, making them unique, or build entirely from scratch using plasticene and wax-working techniques demonstrated during the workshop.  Cast aluminum objects can be taken home at the end of the third day of the workshop.

Sculptural Aluminum Casting workshops include up to 10 lbs. of Aluminum, 100 lbs. of sand and corresponding chemical, waste removal and related foundry consumables.  Additional sand and chemical needs beyond this allotted amount are available for $.30/lb.  Additional metal stock is available at $3/lb.   All additional material fees are required upon pick up of the final castings at the end of the workshop period.

Hours & Admission*

This program is offered twice in 2021 on the following dates:  June 8 — 10 and August 17 – 19 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m.

General Admission 


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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.

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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.

  • What to wear:
    • What to wear:  Face masks are required to be worn for the duration of your visit for all guests. The majority of each tour is outside; please dress for the weather. Additionally, the ground is uneven—sensible shoes are a must. Sneakers or boots are recommended. Open-toed shoes and high heels are prohibited. Closed toed shoes. Clothing you can get dirty.  If you would like to participate in the casting portion of the workshop then work boots are required footwear. We have all other necessary safety gear on site. The workshop space is not temperature controlled; please dress for the weather. Additionally, the ground is uneven – sensible shoes are a must. Open-toed shoes and high heels are prohibited.
    • Maintain social distance: Signage has been placed throughout the site reminding you to maintain a safe distance of six feet from others.
    • Restrooms & concessions: The rawness of the site is certainly part of its charm. However, that rawness also limits the creature comforts many of us are accustomed to, like running water. Portable bathrooms, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer are available. Food amenities are not available (with some exceptions, such as food trucks at festivals).
    • Photography: Photography is permitted. For safety reasons, videography and drones are prohibited.
    • Accessibility: Handicapped parking is available, but the grounds covered during tours are not wheelchair accessible.
    • Liability: By purchasing admission tickets, all visitors consent to the terms of our liability waiver and consent to be photographed (PDF).
    • Admission: Site access is limited to guided tours, workshops, and events. Unless otherwise noted, all admissions are ticketed.
    • Location: The entrance to the Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104.

    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.

Rivers of Steel staff cast artworks in aluminum


Carrie Blast Furnaces
Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Rankin, PA 15104 United States
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