Digital Foundry


Sculpture Dimensional Studies  at Alfred

'Nano Disney' 3D Print to Bronze by Paul Higham 2017

Course Goals and Objectives


This special topics junior course will provide students with the hands on opportunity to explore new paradigms and processes related to the use of digital technologies in conjunction with the traditional art of foundry and cast metal sculpture.  From the virtual to the real the course will comprise of different projects throughout the semester such as digital pattern making, 3d scanning, printing, rapid prototyping, cnc milling and foundry processes.

'Flowers of Elysium' by Coral Lambert : Berlin 2017
Photogrammetry of Ghost Orchid to CNC Pattern to Open face sand mold, Iron Pour Performance.

The aim is to provide a platform to develop and push the boundaries related to the art of Foundry. Individual or collaborative projects may include object based work, site specific sculpture or installations in the environment.


By enrolling on this course you are participating in a human tradition, which is at least 5000 years old, we will be expanding upon this tradition with the use of digital technology. This course is designed to present you with a number of digital processing and metal casting experiences, designed to develop your personal vision and increase both your technical and aesthetic skills.


The objective is to provide basic technical and conceptual experiences that are concerned with the process, art and act of casting.


The methodology of the course is based on problem solving and sculpture building assignments. With hands on demonstrations, slide and video presentations throughout the semester we will also discuss and examine the historical precedents and contemporary issues relevant to the practice and process of environmental and cast metal sculpture.


Students will work on Individual or collaborative projects from miniature to monumental, this may include object-based work, temporary performative explorations, process based investigations + site-specific installations.

General  information

Professor:  Coral Lambert

Visiting Artist: Paul Higham

TA: to be announced

Office Address:  College of Ceramics, National Casting Center, 2 Pine Street, Alfred, NY 14802

Telephone: 607 587 4727

E-mail:   TA:

Office location and  hours:  By appointment.


Course information

Term: Spring 2018     Date of syllabus: Oct 2017

Course number and section: ART 300-04 CRN# 26983

Credits: 4

Course title: Digital Foundry

Meeting times: Mon/Tues 8.20 – 11.10  (lab hours Thursdays  6 – 10pm)

Building and room number: National Casting Center, Foundry

Prerequisites and co-requisites: As required by Alfred University