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!