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!


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, watch The Iron Pour Team heat iron to its liquid form and pour it into your scratch block or relief mold. Watch as 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

Scratch Blocks or Relief Sculpture


Scratch Blocks or Relief Sculpture

Tuesday, October 1
5- 8 pm $50 + materials 
At the Center's Outdoor Stage

Scratch Blocks

Sunday, September 29
10 am - 2 pm $35 - $75
At the Farmer's Market

Saturday, October 5
@4:30 pm $35 - $75
At the Pour site (132 Meadow Trail)

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

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.


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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For more information please contact Holly Rios at above.