Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Visiting Artist Carl Billingsley
Rivers of Steel is excited to welcome public sculptor and professor emeritus Carl Billingsley as visiting artist for this six-day workshop in iron casting. The workshop 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 large and complex multi-part sand molds.
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 on Saturday, June 26, 11 – 7 p.m. Cooled castings can be picked up on Sunday, June 27 between 10 a.m. – 3 .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 $.30/lb. Any additional material fees must be paid upon pick up of the final castings at the end of the workshop period.
Carl Billingsley is a sculptor who primarily works in cast metal, stone, wood, and steel. Carl’s work is impressive in size and monolithic in style. He is one of the grandmasters of iron who brought iron artwork to the art world in the United States.
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.
As a former industrial site, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure an enjoyable visit.
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.