Learn to cast aluminum in three dimensions!
This three-day 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, plasticine (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 plasticine 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. Participation during the entire eight-hour period each day is not mandatory. Participants can drop in as time allows, however a minimum of four hours each day is required in order to complete a successful casting.
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 $.31 / lb. Additional metal stock is available at $3.00 / lb. All additional material fees are required upon pick up of the final castings at the end of the workshop period.
This program is offered twice in 2024 on the following dates: May 7 – 9, and September 17 – 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
*Workshops are limited to 20 participants. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance.
"Carrie Blast Furnace is a behemoth of metal that pays homage to everything Pittsburgh is built on. It's a trip into history and culture that every Yinzer should visit."—Jen Doceour, Google Review
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The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
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