Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Visiting Artist Ken Payne
This weeklong workshop is intended for the creation of numerous small molds and features extended shop time onsite at the Carrie Blast Furnaces and in-depth instruction / assistance catered to the needs of each individual. Participants will have the chance to learn and experiment with multiple pattern-making materials and create multiple sand molds that will be cast during the annual Festival of Combustion on October 7.
Prior experience or Intro to Iron Casting is recommended. Registration includes access to the Carrie Furnaces foundry daily between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and the ultimate experience of participating in an iron pour from a coke fired cupola—just like the historic furnaces onsite!
All items for this workshop will be cast during the Festival of Combustion. Cooled castings can be picked up the following Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Weeklong Iron Intensive workshops include up to 400 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 must be paid upon pick up of the final castings at the end of the workshop period.
Weeklong intensive workshops are offered twice in 2023 on the following dates: June 19 – 25 (large molds only) and October 2 – 7 (small molds only) from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
*Workshops are limited to 10 participants. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available for walk-ups.
"We were at Rivers of Steel through the Wounded Warrior Project and it was awesome. I would recommend visiting these guys and having a ball!" —Paul Stajduhar, Metal Arts Workshop Attendee
The Carrie Blast Furnaces are located in the communities of Swissvale and Rankin in the Monongahela River Valley.
The address is 801 Carrie Furnace Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15218.
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