FORGED IN FIRE - an iron pour and glassblowing event
The Frankenmuth Arts Council is pleased to present a second annual Iron Pour event in Frankenmuth on August 9-10, 2019. The event will be held on the top of the hill at corner of Main and School Streets.
The basic premise of an iron pour as it pertains to our event, is the recycling of cast iron. In this process, scrap cast iron is repurposed by first being broken into small fragments and heated until molten. The molten metal is then poured into a hardened sand mold which has been custom-carved by an iron pour participant. Once the metal has safely cooled, the resultant artwork can then be removed; a process not unlike soap or candy making.
The pour will occur at dusk on Saturday, August 10. The event is free for the public to come and watch. It’s a spectacular event to witness as the furnace is fired up and the molten metal is poured in to the many molds created by community participants and local artists. We are adding to the event this year, the opportunity for three different levels to create your tile.
For $65 a participant will be given the opportunity to carve their own tile. The workshops for this option will be held on Friday, August 9 from 12 PM to 9 PM. Saturday sessions will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM.
For those choosing to have a bit more instruction and the opportunity to work on their tile in their own time frame, a class will be held on Saturday July 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM with local artist, Stephen Hargash at his studio located at 566 S. Main Street. The cost of this class is $80.
For those choosing to create an even more detailed tile, three classes are being offered to learn the process of plasticine carving (see additional information HERE) The schedule for these classes will be on Saturdays, June 13, July 20 and August 3. Each class will run from 10 AM to 2 PM. The cost for these three classes is $115.
In addition to the iron pour event, we have hired Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery from Holland, Ohio. They will be bringing their mobile hotshop, portable glass furnace to Frankenmuth. Enrollees will be given the opportunity to create their own paperweight for the cost of $55. You will be able to choose two colors to incorporate into your glass. You will help the instructor as he teaches you to manage the pipe in order to turn your glass into a round shape. Please see the registration form for complete details in order to schedule your session.
It does not require an art degree to create your own scratch tile or to learn the process of glassblowing solid work. This is an opportunity for the budding artist who would like to experience a new art form. There are only a limited amount of workshops available, so register early to reserve your spot.
The Frankenmuth Arts Council would like to thank the Frankenmuth Women’s Club for their donation towards this project, as well as the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission for the grant received from them.
Scratch tile workshops will be held for registered participants on Friday, August 9 from 12pm-9pm and Saturday, August 10 from 10am-4pm. They will learn how to create custom molds for the casting process. A special workshop will also be available on Saturday, July 27 at Hargash Artist Studio for those who desire to spend more time working on their piece. Suggested uses for your custom-made cast iron piece of art are stepping stones, a name or address plaque, or just a fun item for display. The cost to design your own mold is $55.
We are creating an opportunity for those who would like to try their hand at and experience the metal casting process. As mentioned earlier, several workshops will be offered to teach the process. The workshops as well as the pour itself, will be held at the corner of Main and School Streets in Frankenmuth. The FAC would like to recognize and thank the Frankenmuth Women’s Club and the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission for their support in helping to bring this event to our community.
Alien Iron Metal Casting is leading the iron pour. Firenation Glass Studio and Gallery is leading the glassblowing solid work.
There are a limited amount of workshops available. If you would like to participate in this year’s event, please register soon to secure your spot.
August 9-10, 2019
Pour is Saturday at dusk
FREE TO WATCH!
Scratch Tiles $65 & $80
Plasticine Iron Casting $115
Glass paperweight $55.
You must register in advance.
Top of the Hill
Corner of Main and School Streets