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September 13, 2021

Metal Arts Workshop—Weeklong Iron Intensive

September 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am - September 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

(Six-day workshop)
Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Visiting Artist D’Jean Jawrunner

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Rivers of Steel is excited to welcome artist D’Jean Jawrunner 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 the workshop will be cast on Saturday (June 26 & Sept 18, 2021), time of day may vary. Cooled castings can be picked up on the following Sunday between 11 a.m. – 3.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.)

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. 

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About the Visiting Artist

D’jean Jawrunner’s career as an artist includes sculpture created in range of materials, techniques, and sizes. From 1997 TO 2018, Jawrunner was the Foundry Director and Art Professor at Mesalands Community College in New Mexico. Now she is Professor Emeritus, and has exhibited internationally and nationally beside artists such as Edgar Degas, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol.

Hours & Admission*

This program is offered twice in 2021 on the following dates:  June 21 – 26 and September 13 – 18 from 11:00 a.m. –  7:00 p.m.

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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.

  • 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.
  • What to wear: 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. 
  • 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.

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September 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am
September 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
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Carrie Blast Furnaces
801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15218 United States
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