Thursday, December 31, 2009

SPARKS FLY as Junior Sculpture Student Sharie Willey receives The 2009 Winter Foundry Apprenticeship. She is seen here preparing Professor Lambert's cast iron + steel Sculpture 'Cloud Split Open' for patination before it goes on exhibition.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Enjoy this short video of Alfred and other Students pouring iron using 'MothRa' at the Intercollegiate Pour at Salem Art Works

Thursday, October 22, 2009



Sculptor, Christian Benefiel from Baltimore, MD

Carolyn Ottmers, Head of Foundry at The school of the Art Institute, Chicago

Andy Griffiths, Head of Sculpture at West Wales School of Art, UK.

Each of these artists will be working in foundry the week prior to 'Meltdown' Come see their work in progress. Work also on view in 'Ferrous Bloom - The Nature of Iron' international exhibition at the Fosdick Nelson Gallery.

Photos from AU's trip to SAW!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Turn Your Cast Iron Scrap into Art !

Call for Cast Iron

Contact if you would like to donate your old bath tub, sink, drain pipes, radiators or brake discs to be melted down for 'MELTDOWN' OCt 31st

Donations accepted at the Foundry.

Thank You.

Friday, October 16, 2009



Designed by Justin Harney

Selected by Print Professor Will Contino

Screen Printed by Paige Henry.

Glow in the Dark + Orange on Black

Also Printed on Your own Stuff!

Available on the Day of the Pour

The back of the shirt has the list of 'Meltdown' participants.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


3rd Annual Iron Pour + Metal Casting Convention

Saturday 31st October 2009 10am–10pm

The Foundry, at The National Casting Center, NYSCC @ Alfred University School of Art welcomes you to an all day plethora of live demonstrations of the different casting processes and techniques used to make sculpture by the Sculpture/Dimensional Studies Foundry students. Joining Alfred Students will be students and faculty from other schools.


Brunch @ 10am Steel Induction Pour + Coffee + Donuts

Lunch @ Noon Centrifugal Casting + Guild Cheese

Dinner from 2–7pm Bronze + Iron

Furnaces: Cleopatra, Anthony + Cesar
Cupola Iron Pour starring ‘MOTH-RA’ and ‘VegGie?’
Sand, Ceramic Shell, Traditional + Experimental Molds

Desert @ 8pm Fiery Halloween Treats + Potluck

Also Featuring:

‘Ferrous Bloom – The Nature of Iron’ an international exhibition of work celebrating the diversity of Iron as an art medium at the Fosdick Nelson Gallery

Opening Reception FRIDAY OCT 30th 7 – 9pm

‘ALL STAR CAST’ : a student exhibition of Cast Metal Sculpture inside and outside the Foundry. Students from other schools and Alfred alumni are welcome to bring a piece, if you can also bring a pedestal!

Places to Stay in Alfred:
Economy Inn 836 Route 244, Alfred , NY 14802 607 587 9555
(Speak to Varsat and ask for the special ‘Meltdown’ rate of $50 per night for a double room)

Saxon Inn 1 Park Street, Alfred, NY 14802 607 871 2600
(from $70)

Camping $10 A night at Foster Lake, email Coral Lambert @

Beds and Sofa’s – we have a list of students that have kindly offered basic crash pads for other visiting students: Please let me know if you are looking for a place to crash on Friday and Saturday night.

Please bring your molds ready to pour, you are welcome to come drop them off on Friday.

We just ask to cover the cost of the Metal:
Iron @ 50c : Bronze @ $3.50 : Ali @ $1 per #
And of course any food contributions to the Potluck would be welcome!

Friday: People start arriving, setting up molds
7-9pm Opening Reception of ‘Ferrous Bloom’ at the Fosdick Nelson Gallery
Sat: 7am- Breakfast at the Jet
8am – light induction furnace, set up molds
10am – 10pm Meltdown!
Sun 9am – Clean Up begins!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer School Students help build new Iron Furnace called 'TARA' named after the goddess of liberation and compassion, her first mission is to travel to Salem Art Works for the USUK International Cast Iron Sculpture Symposium. She then next will be in operation at Alfred Foundry's Annual 'Meltdown' on Oct 31st 2009.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Scott Lamont Awarded Apprenticeship

Congratulations go to Junior Sculpture Student Scott Lamont who was awarded the first Foundry Apprenticeship supported by Dean Lewis, School of Art and Design, NYSCC @ Alfred University. It is planned that this new program will become an integral part of the Foundry Program.

So, over the winter months whilst everyone was eating cake and opening presents some were feeding the furnace and opening molds!

'Apprenticing with Professor Coral Lambert this winter break has been a very interesting and motivating experience. As an apprentice I was asked to be directly involved in the creation of Professor Lambert's work, which gave me a great deal of experience in the casting process in a short amount of time. I became more familiar with the materials and techniques used in the foundry, such as sand molds and metal finishing. One of the most interesting things I learned about was how to operate and maintain a gas fired furnace. Pouring metal and finishing pieces for the whole break has given me much more experience in the casting process than taking a class could provide alone. Coral answered any questions I had about casting, gave me advice for my own work, and explained the creative process behind her own work. I highly recommend the apprentice program to any students who wish to become more skilled in their chosen media. It is a great way to learn as much as possible directly from an experienced artist and apply that knowledge to your own work.' Scott Lamont

Also a big Thank You to Ceramics Grad, Eliza Au + Foundry Tech, Mark Kessel for helping with the pours!