About the Community Iron Pour

"The Iron Pour is one of the most amazing things I've ever witnessed. It's a kinetic experience of art and power."
Crested Butte Community Member, Ian Wrisley
The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts presents the 2nd Annual Community Iron Pour on Thursday, October 6,2 2016. This spectacular event brings people together for a transformative art experience, as the Iron Pour Team pours molten iron into sculpted scratch blocks. Anyone can sculpt a scratch block, too, making this a unique shared experience.

For Community Members We provide many Scratch Block Carving Events where you can sculpt a design in your own block to be fired at the pour.
For Artists We offer a week-long residency with daily workshops and discussions and a lot of time for creating and sculpting.
For University Students We offer a handful of internships where you can earn credit for your work. Check back for details.

Everyone is welcome to this unique gathering!

For Community Members

For Community Members:
    Community members are invited to make iron sculptures of their own! And it's easy to do! Attend one of the Sand Block Carving Events where you will have the opportunity to carve a design into a pre-made sand block. Once your design is complete, bring it to The Iron Pour and watch The Iron Pour Team heat iron to its liquid form and pour it into your mold. Then watch as it gets cooled in a bath of water, and TA DA! You are left with AN IRON SCULPTURE! It's amazing!
Sunday, September 17, 10 AM – 2 PM   Crested Butte Farmer's Market
Sunday, September 24, 10 AM – 2 PM   Crested Butte Farmer's Market
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 PM   Center for the Arts
Sunday, October 1, 10 AM – 2 PM   Crested Butte Farmer's Market
Thursday, October 5, 4:30 PM – Pour Time   Crested Butte Town Overlook

Small Block: $35
Medium Block: $50
Large Block: $75

For Artists

Artists are invited to Crested Butte to spend a week making work to be cast at The Iron Pour. The registration fee covers all pour materials (sand, resin, iron, etc.) and space at The Center for the Arts for 8 working days to create molds for sculptures. Artists need to bring eye protection, a sketchbook and pencils, and materials for pattern making (patterns can be made of wood, Styrofoam, plasticine clay, ceramics that have been fired, etc.).
    The Residency begins on Friday, September 29. Iron Pour Director Jesse Blumenthal and Colorado Mesa University Professor Araan Schmidt will be on site at The Center all week as a resource for artists as they make work. The pair will host daily workshops and discussions, leading novice and experienced artists through the mold making and sculpture creation process. So, if you do not have experience in casting in iron, don't fret! You will have help, and now is your chance to learn how it's done!

Early Bird Artist Registration (through 8/1/17) $275
Artist Registration (after 8/1/17) $325

For University Students

University Students are invited to participate in our internship program.  Applications will be reviewed and up to 4 interns will be chosen for the 2016 Pour.  Interns may choose to earn credit for their work, and The Art Studio will work with your professor to set up this option. 
    Chosen interns begin work in September breaking iron, breaking and weighing coke for the furnace, ramming sand for community sand blocks, and setting up the working stations for the Pour.  Two weeks before pour day, they will begin work with Pour Director, Jesse Blumenthal on pattern and mold making for their own work.  Interns will learn all aspects of pouring iron from start to finish, including:
Basics of pattern design
Basics of relief carving 
How to guide community members in relief carving
How to mix sand
Different mold material types
How to ram sand for molds 
How to make multiple part molds of all scales
Moldwashing community blocks and artist molds
Breaking and sorting iron
Breaking and weighing coke
Setting up pour site
Running a furnace and basic cupola design
Running an off the grid pour
Moldwashing last minute pieces
Safety protocol
Performing specifics jobs/tasks at the Pour
Proper cleanup of site
Finish work for sculptures

Volunteer for the Iron Pour

The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers for our 3rd Annual Iron Pour. The Pour will take place on Thursday, October 5, and we are seeking help with various tasks beginning on Friday, September 29 through the Pour Day on October 5, and with clean up the few days after the Pour. Click the Sign-Up link below, or contact Christina Stillwaggon at artsstudiocb@gmail.com or 970-349-7044 for more info and the sign up link.

Check out this great video from the inaugural Community Collaborative Iron Pour.

For more information, questions or inquiries, contact ASCA Program Director Melissa Mason at 970-349-7044 or email.