After careful consideration, the Metal Museum has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 F.I.R.E. Conference and all related programming. With metalsmiths traveling from across the country to participate in close proximity workshops, we felt this was the best course of action to keep our community of artists and participants safe.
This conference is open to artists of all skill levels!
Participants will receive instruction from Foundry staff and volunteers, as well as have access to many pattern and flask materials.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The 6th annual Foundry Invitational & River Exhibition (F.I.R.E.) is a conference for metal casting artists that takes place in the Metal Museum's Foundry. The conference and workshops are great opportunities to network with other artists, learn more about mold making, and take part in an iron pour. The Metal Museum welcomes Sherri Jaudés as the 2020 F.I.R.E. guest demonstrator.
In Sherri's workshop You're Not Done Yet! students will focus on the chasing and finished surfaces of cast objects. Workshop attendees will look at various ways textures can be re-introduced, the different tools used to accomplish that, and patina finishes. Sherri would like participants to bring some of their own pieces to work on and will have cast sample tiles with a collection of different surfaces to match. This workshop will also explore the possibility of using different materials joined to create larger or complex work.
During the general conference, you’ll be able to network with other artists while making molds, take part in shorter workshops, such as the one-day green sand molding workshop hosted by Bob Rogers, and participate in a pop-up exhibition showcasing conference attendees’ work during the Family Fun Day. The event culminates Saturday in a day of metal pouring, including aluminum, bronze and iron, followed by a post-pour dinner.
Free camping on the Metal Museum grounds is welcome.
Meals are provided for conference attendees, which includes Thursday (breakfast), Friday (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Saturday (breakfast and dinner).
SPECIAL WORKSHOP W/ SHERRI JAUDÉS | $400
STUDENT PRICING| $350
(Includes General Conference)
GREEN SAND WORKSHOP W/ BOB ROGERS | $300
STUDENT PRICING | $250
(Includes General Conference)
GENERAL CONFERENCE | $150
STUDENT PRICING | $100
Note: General Conference registration does not include material fees. Check details of the workshops for materials included. Registration is first come, first served; no additional seats will be added.
For those who wish to make molds independent of the workshops, resin sand is $0.38/#, green sand is $0.12/# (reclaimed to the Museum), ceramic shell is $3.00/#, "break it yourself" iron is $0.50/# (Iron and coke must be broken by Friday evening), aluminum is $4.50/# and bronze is $6.50/#. Please email personal material (Iron and sand) needs to James Vanderpool.
FRIENDS OF F.I.R.E.
Help support a one-of-a-kind educational conference for Foundry and casting artists by becoming a Friend of F.I.R.E. Friends help bring guest artists to Memphis, tent attendee workspaces, purchase materials and feed conference attendees.
Help support the 6th annual F.I.R.E. conference by becoming a Friend today!
Bryan K. Smith