For the safety of our staff and the metalsmithing community, the annual Forging on the River and F.I.R.E. conferences are suspended until 2022. Please subscribe to our email list to be notified of new virtual conference and workshop opportunities in 2021.


Blacksmithing Conference

A blacksmith holds a hot steel bar in a hydraulic press.

Forging on the River is a weekend conference with a pre-conference workshop hosted by the Metal Museum. In addition to the chance to learn from an internationally recognized Master Blacksmith, Forging on the River provides metalsmiths and enthusiasts the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and work collaboratively on projects, while enjoying the Metal Museum exhibitions and grounds. 


Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition

Two foundry artists in protectuve gear pour molten iron into a mold.

The Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.) is a conference for metal casting artists that takes place in the Metal Museum's Foundry. Each year offers a special workshop taught by the guest demonstrator, a green sand workshop, and an iron pour. The conference and workshops are great opportunities to network with other artists, learn more about mold making, and take part in an iron pour.