About the Community Iron Pour

During the first week of October, join the Center for our annual Community Collaborative Iron Pour in Crested Butte. An Iron Pour is the creation of sculpture through the pouring of molten iron into molds and is a sight to see complete with sparks and fiery displays.
 
The whole community is invited! For the weeks leading up to the pour, we provide students, artists, university students, and community members (including kids!) the opportunity to create sculpture molds to cast at the Pour. This year, this public art spectacle fires up the Center’s newly commissioned cupola furnace.
 
Come watch the sparks fly and witness of the force of our Iron Pour in action!
 
FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
There’s lots of opportunities for community members of all ages, abilities, time commitments and price points to get involved. Choose to make a Scratch Block, or new this year, participate in the three-hour Iron Relief Sculpture Workshop. If you’d like to dig deeper, invest in the week-long Sculpture Workshop.

Scratch Blocks
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. New this year, choose a heart-shaped block! Drop in to one of our Community Sculpture Making Events listed below. 
 
Iron Relief Sculpture Workshops: Tuesday, September 24 or Tuesday, October 1. 5 – 8 p.m. $50
Also new this year, attend a three-hour workshop on Tuesday, September 24 or Tuesday, October 1 and build a relief sculpture out of plasticine modeling clay that is then cast in sand, which is then cast in iron. Must register in advance.
 
Once your design is complete, at The Iron Pour watch The Iron Pour Team heat iron to its liquid form and pour it into your scratch block or relief mold. Watch as it your work is cooled in a bath of water, and ta da! You are left with an iron sculpture! It's amazing!
 
Community Sculpture Making Events
Sunday, September 22: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.         (scratch blocks)   At the Farmer's Market
Tuesday, September 24, 5 – 8 p.m.                 (scratch blocks or relief sculpture)   At the Center
Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.         (scratch blocks)
Tuesday, October 1, 5 – 8 p.m.                       (scratch blocks or relief sculpture)
  At the Farmer's Market
At the Center
Thursday, October 4, 4:30 p.m. – Pour Time (scratch blocks)   Location TBD
 
Sculpture Making Prices
Small Scratch Block: $35
Medium Scratch Block: $50
Large Scratch Block: $75
New This Year! 5-inch heart-shaped scratch block:  $40
Relief Sculpture Workshop: $50. Must register in advance. 
 
Sculpture Workshop: Monday, September 30 – Sunday, October 6. $350 includes all materials
Artist Ira Hill focuses on the two-part mold for iron casting during this week-long workshop. Ira tailors the workshop to the individual, making it appropriate for both those new to iron casting and those who have experience. Ira will be on site at the Center all week as a resource for participants outside of workshop hours. If you do not already have experience in casting in iron, don't fret! You will have help, and now is your chance to learn how it's done!
 
Your registration fee covers all sculpture materials (sand, resin, iron, etc.) and instruction. 
 
Participants need to bring:
  • Eye protection,
  • A sketchbook and pencils
  • Materials for pattern making (patterns can be made of wood, Styrofoam, plasticine clay, ceramics that have been fired, etc.).  Please contact us if you need guidance.   
Space is limited to 10 – 12 participants, so reserve early. 
 
Daily Schedule for this workshop COMING SOON!
 
FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS & PROFESSORS
The Center invites university students and professors to our high-altitude, off the grid, community collaborative, and one of a kind, Iron Pour! We have several opportunities to engage with us:
 
Sculpture Workshop
3-5 Day Pour Immersion
1-3 Day Bring Your Own Mold for Pour Day
Give an Artist Talk
Exhibit
Spectate!
 
Sculpture Workshop
Designed for students and artists looking for guidance on iron sculpture making from start to finish. The weeklong Sculpture Workshop starts September 30 at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. We provide all the tools required, and instruction from artist Ira Hill. Investment: $350.
 
3-5 Day Pour Immersion
Professors and Instructors can take advantage of this opportunity to bring a group of students to participate in our Pour on a shorter time scale before, during and after the Pour.
 
Students can experience and learn:
  • Mold making in our workshop space (create patterns, mix and ram sand, etc.)
  • Pour materials and site set up
  • Pour safety protocol
  • Opportunity to attend our Artist Talks the evening before the Pour and our meet-and-greet evening
  • Various pour day roles and responsibilities
  • Aspects of running an off-the-grid pour
  • Sculpture finishing techniques
  • Opportunities to meet other metal artists and professionals
 
Investment: 
  • Professors and Instructors: FREE
  • Students: $95, includes all participation opportunities, plus sand and resin for those who want to cast sculptures (Limit of 300 pounds of sand per person).  
Discounted lodging for your group is available on a first come, first served basis. We are limited in inventory for this offer, so please book with us ASAP. 
 
1-3 Day Bring Your Own Mold for Pour Day
Designed for those who want to make work only. Arrive the night before if you want to hear the Artist Talks and attend our Meet-and-Greet. We encourage you to stay the day after to lend your expertise to site clean-up and sculpture finishing. Investment: 50 cents a pound for iron (includes coke, propane, diesel, operational expenses, etc.)   
 
Give an Artist Talk
Instructors and Graduate Students are invited to participate in our Artist Talk, held in the Center for the Arts theater the evening before the Pour. Share your work, your expertise with iron, your story with the public of Crested Butte. Space is limited, so please reserve with us soon. 
 
Exhibit
Display your work in the 2019 group show in the NEW Kinder-Padon Gallery at the Center for the Arts. Work is to be displayed October 1 - 7. Submissions are due by August 31 to JMBlumenthal@gmail.com.
 
Spectate!
Everyone is invited to our Annual Iron Pour. Make the trip to see the spectacle, watch the sparks fly, meet our local and visiting artists, and witness the force of our Community’s Collaborative Iron Pour in action!
 
POUR DAY: Saturday, October 5
The actual Pour is a sight to see. This event is for the entire community and is not to be missed with artists making artwork, plus sparks and displays! Schedule of events below:
 
4:30 p.m. Burn-in 
The fires are started. The furnaces are being warmed up. Scratch block carving begins. The bar is open.  
 
5:30 p.m. Charging the Crucible
Watch artists pour their work, and, if you still want to carve a block for your own iron sculpture, you can carve until dark!
 
7:30 p.m. Iron Pour Performances Begin
It's dark, there's molten iron, and there are sparks and displays. Don't miss this portion! Dress warmly. A camp chair is a good idea too.
 
Volunteer
Contact Visual Arts Program Manager, Holly Rios, holly@crestedbuttearts.org or 970-349-7487 to get involved. 
 

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

For more information, questions or inquiries, contact Visual Arts Program Manager Holly Rios at 970-349-7487 or holly@crestedbuttearts.org

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