It’s All About Molten Metal at the SAW Intercollegiate Iron Pour
The annual Intercollegiate Iron Pour is a chance for college students from across the nation to come together to share techniques, ideas, and resources in iron casting. Participants spend the weekend at Salem Art Works (SAW), working in groups to prepare the furnace and pour site.
The public is invited to join SAW as they celebrate their tenth year of hosting the Intercollegiate, Friday through Sunday, September 23 to 25.
The conference begins Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. with a key note address, ‘Time and Place: A Conversation with Julie Ward and John Springer,’ followed by a molten metal performance by MESH Collective, located outside Barn III near the pond.
Saturday, the morning begins with young and established artists preparing their molds and furnaces, getting ready to pour metal. From 2 to 6 p.m., visitors can see demonstrations and have the opportunity to make a mold of their own with family-friendly workshops. Metal will be poured with live commentary to familiarize visitors with what is happening. Activities include an informational exhibit, the Renegade Cast Iron art show, a small anagama wood-fired kiln firing, glass blowing and blacksmithing demonstrations, silk-screen printing (bring your own items to be printed on, or purchase something new) and a display of handmade merchandise created by SAW artists, available for purchase.
Sunday. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the artists will reveal what they made, divesting their molds with sledge hammers, chisels and wire brushes. Those who took a workshop can pick up their finished products. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. See salemartworks.org for details on participating in one of the workshops.
Salem Art Works is a non-profit organization based in Salem, N.Y. SAW supports emerging and established artists dedicated to creating new, progressive work and promotes understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the region. SAW offers numerous programs for area youth, including Art 101 and Lunch, Learn, and Play in partnership with the Historic Salem Courthouse. Visit the website or call 518-854-7674 to learn more.