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Alfred University to host 14th annual ‘Iron Pour Meltdown’

The 14th annual “Iron Pour Meltdown” will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Alfred University School of Art and Design’s National Casting Center foundry, below Binns-Merrill Hall, near the ceramic wood-fired kiln building.


ALFRED, NY – The 14th annual “Iron Pour Meltdown” will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Alfred University School of Art and Design’s National Casting Center foundry, below Binns-Merrill Hall, near the ceramic wood-fired kiln building.

The public is invited to watch the fiery spectacle of melting and casting molten metal as Alfred University faculty, students and alumni cast sculptures from melted iron. The event--hosted by the Alfred Foundry Guild, Division of Sculpture Dimensional Studies--will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. and will serve as one of the stops on the monthly Alfred Art Walk.

The Iron Pour Meltdown was started in 2007 by Coral Penelope Lambert, professor of sculpture in the Alfred University School of Art and Design. The annual event attracts faculty, students and artists from around the country, many of whom do not have access to a means of making cast iron sculpture on such a large scale.

School of Art and Design students will assist in running the road furnace, “MothRa,” Lambert's portable coke-fired cupolette. Molten iron will flow at temperatures up to 2,650 degrees Fahrenheit and be poured into unique sand and ceramic shell molds to create sculptural works. Some molds will be poured open face so visitors can witness the molten iron as it cools. Organizers suggest spectators be on hand at dusk to see the hot iron glow.