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, this year from May 18 through May 22. The conference and workshops are great opportunities to network with other artists, learn more about mold making, and take part in an iron pour. Family Fun Day will be from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
2022 CONFERENCE RATES
*General Conference registration included with Green Sand Workshop registration and $50 provided for Green Sand Workshop materials
CERAMIC SHELL FEE - $30 (can be selected during registration)
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. The event culminates Saturday in a day of metal pouring, including aluminum, bronze and iron, followed by a post-pour dinner.
Note: General Conference registration does not include material fees. Check details of the workshops for materials included. Registration is first come, first serve; 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 $0.18/# (reclaimed to the Museum), ceramic shell is $7.00/#, "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.
Free camping on the Metal Museum grounds is welcome.
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