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Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals

  • 01 Jan 2019
  • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
  • 8


  • Reserved for students who have already successfully completed this class.

Future class dates TBD. 

Learn the time honored art and skill of casting objects out of molten metal! In this introductory course, you will learn about the processes of lost wax and direct carve mold making, along with safety in the foundry, chasing, and finishing. We'll also discuss the principles of metallurgy as applied to casting. You'll participate in two metal pours during this 8-week class. One will be an aluminum pour, taking place in the third class session, and the other will be a bronze pour, during the last class session. You can expect to create two finished pieces. Please wear closed-toe leather boots (steel toed are best) as well as cotton pants, a long sleeve cotton shirt, and bring a cotton bandana or welding hat for pour days. You will be required to supply gloves to wear for pour days - specifics will be discussed on the first day of class.

Instructor: Jess Bergman Tank has degrees in both Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Minnesota. She has been instructing and experimenting with the metalcasting process for several years. Jess delights in sharing the love of casting with others and growing the casting community through instruction at CAFAC and using her bicycle transported traveling foundry called Pedal to the Metal.

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