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

Community members are invited to make iron sculptures of their own, and it's easy to do! Attend a Scratch Block Carving Event below, and carve a design into a pre-made scratch 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 you are left with a unique, amazing iron sculpture of your own making.

Scratch Block Carving Events
Check back in 2017.

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

For Artists

Artists are invited to Crested Butte to spend a week make work to be cast at The Iron Pour. The residency beings on Friday, September 29, 2017. Iron Pour Director Jesse Blumenthal and Colorado Mesa State University Professor Araan Schmidt will be on site during the residency. They will host daily workshops and discussions, leading novice and experienced artists through the mold-making and scupting processes.

The $325 registration fee covers all pour materials including sand, resin, iron, etc. and space at the Center for the Arts for seven (7) working days to create molds for structures. Artists supply their own eye protection, a sketchbook and pencils, and materials for making patterns. Patterns can be made of wood, styrofoam, plasticine clay, fired ceramics, and other mediums. Space is limited.


For University Students

WSCU students are invited to participate in an internship program for the 2017 Iron Pour. Interns may choose to earn credit for their work, and The Art Studio will work with WSCU professors to set up this option. Interns begin work in September by breaking iron, breaking and weighing coke for the furnace, ramming sand for community scratch blocks, and setting up the working stations for the Pour. Two weeks before Pour day, students will work with Pour Director Jesse Blumenthal on pattern and mold making for their own work. The internships are open to WSCU students.

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.
Volunteer for the Iron Pour on SignUp.com

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.