Sunday, April 13, 2014


This week the Alzheimer's Iron metal melting furnace was rammed with refractory (fire brick), in preparation for the upcoming Alzheimer's Iron Pour in Hornell.

Come out and support the project and watch us run our new furnace, on May 3rd from 4-8 as part of the Hornell Art Walk.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Alzheimer's Iron Pour in downtown Hornell

Saturday May 3rd
Outside the Creative Art Center during the Hornell Art Walk!!
Event is free and open to the public

You and members of the community are invited to participate in making your own ‘RELIEF SCULPTURE’. With the help of foundry students you will be able to carve your own unique design which will then be cast in metal. This is open to adults and children with supervision; anyone can do it for a $10 donation to the charity. Or you can just come watch the action too! All of the sculptures made will be cast in iron that day and participants will be able to take their ‘relief sculpture’ home with them.

Alongside the casting of the relief sculptures will be several other exciting features including a foundry guild table as well as Alzheimer's Glass and Iron table.

Additionally an Alzheimer's Association representative will be present to help rally the community and answer any questions attendees may have about Alzheimer's.

Half of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Association, the other half will go towards the foundry guilds travels to the 7th international cast iron arts conference in Latvia

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lion's Club

Tonight the Lion's Club of Alfred NY is sponsoring a presentation about the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project, that will be free and open to the whole community. The presentation will be starting at 7:45 pm in the University Union Church Center in Alfred NY. Hope to see ya there!

Sunday, March 23, 2014



WHAT A PRODUCTIVE WEEK AT THE NATIONAL CASTING CENTER FOUNDRY!! Just a few photo’s of our large sand molding workshop.  Many warm thanks to Morgan Donahue expert sand molder from Pollich Tallix, for all of his help and many hours spent on our complicated molds!  Photo’s of the finished castings to come!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Remembrance Garden

Remembrance Garden
in collaboration with Coral Penelope Lambert's Volcano Furnace
and the American Alzheimer's Association's "Longest Day" Fundraiser
Pedvale, Latvia - 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Arts Practice
"On The Longest Day, teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity.  Held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014, this event calls on participants to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association." *The idea is to rally your friends and raise money by doing what you love.
Alzheimer's disease is not an American phenomena, the disease is a growing epidemic worldwide.  Participating in the 7th International Conference and planting a Forget-Me-Not garden will be the first international activities taken on by the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project.

Construction of the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron Forget-Me-Not garden will begin as soon as the crew arrives in Latvia.  We hope to acquire Forget-Me-Not flowers that are already growing and in early stages of sprouting.  We will plant a garden in the shape of a painting made by an elderly community suffering from Alzheimer's in New York, USA.  Haley Jelinek, Elise Betrus and Rosemarie Oakman will be the lead artists dealing with the layout and planting of the garden.  Students from Alfred University's National Casting Center foundry will also participate in the initial construction of the garden. 

Every Forget-Me-Not seed planted represents a mind that is ravaged by this deadly disease.  We will continue to plant  Forget-Me-Not gardens until there is a cure for the Alzheimer's.

On the day of the performances and the volcano eruption, we will invite the audience to participate in Forget-Me-Not seed planting.  Participants have the option to donate with proceeds going directly to the American Alzheimer's Association.  Seeds will be passed out and trowels and shovels will be provided.  It is our hope that we will rally the community together while raising awareness and funds as well as beautifying our world with flowers.

*Taken from the Alzheimer's Associations Website.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Grinding the wind belt of the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron furnace

Richard V. Bergren Jr. Student Innovation Award at Alfred University

Founder and director of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project, Rosemarie Oakman is recipient of the 2014 Richard V. Bergren Jr. Student Innovation Award at Alfred University. A generous donation of $500 dollars has been put towards the project! This honor would not be made possible without all of the Alfred University, faculty, staff and students who support the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project. THANK YOU!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Queen of Hearts

T-Shirt design for the upcoming POUR YOUR HEART OUT!!

Sizes XS-XXL available!

Fe Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an English one.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Alzheimer's Glass and Iron- Spring 2014- Alfred University - Online Auction

Spring 2014-Alzheimer's Glass and Iron- Alfred University -Online Auction

An example of an iron oxide painting created by an elderly community member of Western NY and a  iron sculpture casted in homage by an Alfred University student.

Please check back for links to the:

 Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron- Alfred University

Spring 2014- Online Auction

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Real Art vs. Modern Art

Franconia Sculpture Park - Call for Artist and Interns!



Fellowship Programs (FSP/ Jerome & Open Studio Fellowships) February 8, 2014
Intern Artist ProgramFebruary 28, 2014
Hot Metal Artist and Hot Metal Intern Artist ResidencyMarch 22, 2014
Call for Exhibition Proposals (for Franconia's NE Mpls Gallery) Ongoing
Arts Administration InternshipOngoing

Video of 2013 MELTDOWN IRON POUR at the National Casting Center Foundry

Thank you Devin Henry for the excellent video!

Coral Lambert, director of the National Casting Center Foundry- Volcano Furnace Performace at the 7th International Contemporary Cast Iron Arts Confrence


"Volcano Furnace: An Earth Work Fire Performance
Coral Penelope Lambert
My proposal is to work with raw materials directly onsite at Pedvale such as clay, earth, iron, and stone where they will take the form of an earth mound and ancient inspired iron furnace. Stone boulders will be carved and mounded whilst the interior of the earth mound will be shaped with a mixture of clay and earth to include channels for air and a mouth for molten iron so that it can be operated as a functioning iron furnace on Midsummers eve. My aim is that the ‘Volcano’ can be a platform for performance and celebration as well as a place that visitors to the park can get closer to the sky.
The ‘Volcano’ is active but will remain a dormant earthwork and sculpture after its first Midsummers firing during the Conference. It does however have the potential to be re-activated.
As an artist who utilizes the foundry as a laboratory to explore the union of concept, process and the nature of ‘things’, my work over the past 20 years has manifested itself through heat ‘n’ treat practices such as moulding, melting, casting and fabricating. I have always been interested in the elemental and transformative nature of fire and as such I see the earth itself as both a foundry and a furnace. There is a parallel that can be drawn between the mountain and the furnace as a kind of matrix. In the eyes of many ancient cultures a cave in the side of a mountain was an entrance into a sacred world, to enter into the cave to reap the ores was akin to stealing the unripe fruit of mother nature for it was believed that if they were left there then all would mature to gold. The ores are then taken to the furnace, an apparatus that could speed up the work of nature. In this case when the ‘Volcano Furnace’ is tapped out molten iron will cast diamond shaped tablets into stone molds.
This sculptural earth work ‘Volcano’ continues to investigate the idea of speeding up the work of nature which is historically connected to the story of metal casting and use of fire. My proposal has a ritual component with the potential of an annual firing, at the same time the event may become something of myths and legends.
The artifacts from the ‘Volcano’ will remain on site or nearby. The Iron that is melted in the Volcano Furnace will run down spiraling channels echoing that of lava flows, the iron will fill pre carved stone molds where a diamond shaped slab is cast. Although the light on midsummers eve will never be completely dark these will glow and remain warm for sometime. Each tap is approximately 300#.
The markings allude to ancient solar observatories such as those in New Mexico, Peru or NewGrange in Ireland. The mound will be about 12 to 10 ft high so steps are molded into the mound using compacted earth and sod, the charging of the furnace will considered a ritual component, the dress of the charging crew will be considered and their actions choreographed.
I am also interested to hear from other artists who may wish to use this as a platform for other performance aspects or to collaborate in some way.
The inspiration for ‘Volcano Furance’ comes from my research into Ancient African Furnace Designs, although a traditional cupola furnace will be used inside the mound the exterior will reflect a different aesthetic : The ‘Volcano’ Furnace will be built into an earth mound at least 10ft in height. The ‘Volcano Furnace’ will tap out #300 of Iron three times. Three mouths of the furnace will be situated half way up the earth mound so Iron will flow into specific carved channels. The furnace will be operated for the rear of the earth mound where a cut is made for access.