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Alfred University to host 5th Annual Meltdown/Iron Pour convention

AU students pour iron at the National Casting Center

AU students pour iron at the National Casting Center

The School of Art & Design at Alfred University will host Meltdown! The Fifth Annual Iron Pour and Metal Casting Convention, Saturday, Oct. 29. The event is free of charge to the public.

All are welcome from noon-6 p.m. for a full day of live demonstrations displaying the various techniques and processes related to the casting and molding of molten metal. A cupola iron pour will take place from 1-6 p.m.

"ALL STAR CAST," a student exhibition of cast metal sculpture, will be on display both inside and outside the foundry throughout the day.

All pouring events are at The Foundry in the Alfred University National Casting, Center located just before the Tinkertown Hardware store, on the left-hand side of Main Street/Route. 21. Visitors will watch as molten iron is poured at 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit to make art. Students, faculty, and visiting artists are making molds all week. These will be poured on Saturday with 3,000 pounds of iron to create sculpture.

In addition to Alfred University students, students and faculty from the following schools will also participate in the conference: RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology; Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; State University of New York at Cortland; Buffalo State; Binghamton University; Salem Art Works; and John Jay University, Manhattan. Visiting artist Roberto Visani, chairman of art at John Jay, will also be on hand.

The National Casting Center Provides a dedicated glass casting facility and a metal foundry featuring an induction furnace for melting high-temperature metals such as stainless steel. It also makes it possible to add two more large "glory holes" to the glass blowing studio.

For more information, please contact Coral Lambert, associate professor and chairman of the sculpture/dimensional studies, at (607) 587-4727 or e-mail: