Metal Arts

Inspired by the legacy of iron-making at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Rivers of Steel’s Metal Arts program offers educational workshops, public demonstrations, and team-building experiences highlighting foundry work.

Our educational workshops offer a range of hands-on opportunities for both youth and adults to get involved at the novice, intermediate, and experienced skill levels.  Participants work hand in hand alongside fellow attendees, Rivers of Steel staff, and visiting artists from across the country.

The Doodle Bowl Experience

3-hour Make-and-Take

Invite your friends for a night of fun and creativity at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Not your typical “sip and paint” party, this workshop has quickly become one of Rivers of Steel’s most in-demand programs. Doodle your own bowl and bring your own booze for this Doodle Bowl Experience!

Upcoming workshops are on October 4, October 25, and November 14 from 5: 00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Aluminum Casting Session

3-Hour Workshop

Join Rivers of Steel to create a unique work of art from aluminum! Using everyday materials, you’ll create a one-sided design in resin-bonded sand—then watch as Rivers of Steel’s foundry crew casts your artwork from molten metal!

Upcoming workshops are on October 18 and November 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Intro to Iron Casting

3-day Workshop

Work with experienced Rivers of Steel teaching artists to learn the basics of foundry work, pattern and mold making, and receive a step by step overview of the iron casting process.

The next workshop is September 16 – 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Weeklong Iron Intensives

Six-day Workshop

This workshop features extended shop time and in-depth instruction / assistance catered to the needs of each individual. Participants will have the chance to learn and experiment with multiple patternmaking materials and create multiple large and complex multi-part sand molds. 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.  Visiting artists include Carl Billingsley and D’Jean Jawrunner.

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Sculptural Aluminum Casting

3-day Workshop

This workshop will introduce the process used to create three-dimensional sculptural forms in cast aluminum—patternmaking, mold making and casting.  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.

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Team Building

Transformative experiences are at the core of Rivers of Steel’s mission. Plan an event for your team that encourages them to discover new perspectives and connect with one another in fresh ways.

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