Summer Quarter

June 29 – August 23

Fall Quarter

September 19 – December 9

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Foundry Faculty

Casting metal is a 6,000-year-old process still used in both manufacturing and fine art. The founder melts metal, usually aluminum, bronze and cast iron in a crucible, pours it into a mold, then removes the mold material or the casting once the metal has cooled and solidified. In our classes, beginners learn the chemistry and basic steps that go into making a piece of cast metal, while advanced classes explore the intricacies of casting and metal finishing.

Summer Quarter

Please see the Class Index page here.

Fall Quarter

Sand Casting 3-Hour Taster

Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer. Take a class with a friend, create a special gift to share. Not sure which of our incredible classes to take, want to introduce someone new to a craft, have an itch to just try something new without too much commitment. Try Blacksmithing, Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, and Leather. What will you discover next?

Foundry I

Explore the basics of foundry work with an overview of the steps of metal casting. This class introduces foundry processes, including wax working, ceramic shell, sand mold making, metal casting, and metal finishing. The process results in your own work cased in several metal pieces.

Bronze Casting: Ceramic Shell

Learn basic wax-working techniques. You will create a wax sculpture and then create ceramic shell molds transforming your original wax piece into bronze or aluminum and explore basic metal finishing. Ceramic shell is a mold material used in the lost wax casting method. *Additional fees for wax, shell, and bronze.

Bell Casting I

This is an entry level class introducing participants to bell design and the lost wax foundry process. Each student will design and cast a bronze bell of their own design at approximately 6″ in diameter.

Future Quarters

Sand Casting 3-Hour Taster

Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer. Take a class with a friend, create a special gift to share. Not sure which of our incredible classes to take, want to introduce someone new to a craft, have an itch to just try something new without too much commitment. Try Blacksmithing, Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, and Leather. What will you discover next?

Continuing Techniques in Foundry Cast, Clip & Pour

This class is for people with metal-casting experience who have completed waxes to cast. The class explores details of metal casting: you will prepare your wax, dip it to make a ceramic shell mold and participate in a bronze pour.

Cupola Iron Casting

This workshop takes you from making a mold in sand to completing a finished iron sculpture. You’ll learn mold construction and preparation while building your own sand mold with resin-bonded sand. You’ll learn the steps required to prepare for the cupola iron casting pour. In the final exhilarating event, you’ll prepare iron and coke charges, operate the cupola and pour molten iron into your own sand mold.

Bronze Casting: Ceramic Shell Process

Ceramic shell is a mold material used in the lost wax casting method. Your wax sculpture is clad in a ceramic shell, burned out, and replaced with molten metal. You’ll learn basic wax-working techniques, as well as how to create ceramic shell molds. Finally, you’ll cast your piece in bronze or aluminum and finishing.

Design & Make Your Own Waffle Iron

Are you a culinary artist with a penchant for DIY kitchen ware? We’ll lead you through the steps to create a one-of-a-kind waffle iron — from your unique design to casting and finishing this practical and food-safe creation that you’ll get to enjoy for years to come.

Build Your Own Foundry Furnace

Build a small propane fueled furnace capable of melting 12 lbs. of bronze or 4 lbs. of aluminum for your next project. The furnace you make in class can easily be operated by one person, measures about 16″x16″x21″ and weighs about 100 lbs. It will include the furnace chamber, burner, a crucible and crucible handling tongs, but does not include the propane tank, hose and regulator. You’ll learn how to safely operate it, and how to approach designing and building furnaces of larger capacities.

Sand Casting in Bronze & Aluminum

Turn your creations into cast metal! Working with resin-bonded sand, you’ll learn the basics as you build your own mold. As part of a casting team, you’ll have the exhilarating experience of pouring molten bronze or aluminum. After your casting cools, you’ll open your mold and finish your piece. Bring a found object or a sculpture that’s smaller than a breadbox to make your impression into the sand. The sculpture can be made of wax, clay, foam, or wood.

Bell Casting I

This is an entry level class introducing participants to bell design and the lost wax foundry process. Each student will design and cast a bronze bell of their own design at approximately 6″ in diameter.

Patinas Made Easy

The right patina can be the essential finishing touch for your metal project. This hands-on weekend workshop teaches a variety of bronze patination methods and introduces other coatings and applications. Please bring some small pieces to patina. You’ll be able to experiment on small test samples before working on your own pieces.