Metal Casting: Current Classes

Metal Casting with Recyclable Clay Molds
In this course we will explore making small cast bronze sculptures using ancient methods. You'll mold small wax patterns with clay and other natural materials following Indian, African, Meso-American, and Japanese techniques. The molds will then be fired with charcoal and cast in bronze or aluminum. You can expect to make two to three works and develop skills, including wax working, clay molding, and melting metals, which will enable you to make small sculpture with low-cost recyclable materials. Alternative melting methods (primitive furnaces fired with charcoal) may be explored based on student interest. Attendance at the first class session is mandatory, as important safety information is presented.

Instructor: Wayne Potratz is a Professor Emeritas from the University of Minnesota Art Department with more than 50 years of metal casting experience. His work in cast bronze, iron, and aluminum has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be seen at www.ironwain.com. Potratz has done extensive creative research in historical and cultural methods of casting metals, through travels in India, Japan, Korea, China, Turkey, and Europe.

6 weeks: Wednesdays, 10/25 - 12/6, 6 to 9 p.m. (no class 11/22)
Fee: $295 ($215 tuition + $80 materials)


Pewter Casting Workshop
Build your casting skills by learning to cast lead-free pewter. We will be direct-carving into cuttlebones to create our patterns, a technique that has been used by jewelers and casters for ages. The scale is ideal for creating a pendant, ring, or pint-sized sculpture. The workshop will lead you from beginning concept of design through finishing and sealing your piece. All materials included. Open to all skill levels. Max 12.
Instructor: Jess Bergman Tank

Hothouse Rodeo Weekend!
Friday, 9/22, 1 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $55


Scratch Tile Workshop
Make your own cast bronze sculpture! In this workshop you will have the opportunity to scratch a relief pattern into a sand block. Then you can return Saturday evening for the fun and festivities of our Open (Hot)House and to experience your tile being poured during a live bronze pour after which you can pick up your piece. All materials included to create a 3" x 3" piece. Open to all skill levels. Max 25.
Instructor: Roger Karlson

Hothouse Rodeo Weekend!
Friday, 9/22, 1 to 5 p.m. (you can come anytime between 1 and 3:30 p.m. - plan to spend an hour or two making your mold)
Fee: $60


Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals
Learn the time honored art and skill of casting objects out of molten metal! In this introductory course, you will learn about the processes of lost wax and direct carve mold making, along with safety in the foundry, chasing, and finishing. We'll also discuss the principles of metallurgy as applied to casting. You'll participate in two metal pours during this 8-week class. One will be an aluminum pour, taking place in the third class session, and the other will be a bronze pour, during the last class session. You can expect to create two finished pieces. Please wear closed-toe leather boots (steel toed are best) as well as cotton pants, a long sleeve cotton shirt, and bring a cotton bandana or welding hat for pour days. You will be required to supply gloves to wear for pour days - specifics will be discussed on the first day of class.

Instructor: Jess Bergman Tank has degrees in both Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Minnesota. She has been instructing and experimenting with the metalcasting process for several years. Jess delights in sharing the love of casting with others and growing the casting community through instruction here at CAFAC and using her bicycle transported traveling foundry called Pedal to the Metal!

WINTER 2018 QUARTER
8 weeks: dates TBD, please check back!
Fee: $380 ($300 tuition + $80 materials. Materials fee includes $28 worth of metal; more may be purchased if needed.)


Sculptural Metal Casting Fundamentals Reheater
For students who've already completed one of our introductory metal casting classes, Reheater provides the option to work on personal projects with instructor supervision. Talk to your instructor before signing up.

Instructor: Jess Bergman Tank has B.A. degrees in both Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Minnesota. She is an art maker, public artist and teaching artist based in South Minneapolis. Her work has a focus on environmental and social activism. Jess has been involved with artistic Metal Casting for several years and delights in spreading the love of casting with others and growing the casting community.

WINTER 2018 QUARTER
8 weeks: dates TBD, please check back!
Fee: $305 ($225 tuition + $80 materials. Materials fee includes $28 worth of metal; more may be purchased if needed.)


Casting Club
Calling foundry artists! Casting Club is a monthly opportunity to create work in our casting department with pours scheduled on a quarterly basis. Led by Jess Bergman Tank and Cassandra Rebman, each session will offer open studio as well as an optional thematic workshop. If the workshop isn't for you, you're welcome to use Casting Club as studio time to direct your own experience in casting. Materials fee covers basic shop consumables; additional fees apply for supplies purchased through CAFAC, such as bronze, molding sand, chemicals, workshop materials, etc. Greensand and pewter into wood options are available for those who can't bring their own mold.

UPCOMING DATES
TBD - please check back!