November 04, 2015

Public welcome at Saturday’s iron pour

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – There’s something dramatic about molten iron. The red-orange color. The 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. The change from hunk of metal to river of metal to sculpture. 

Art students at in Southern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design invite the public to witness the transformation on Saturday, Nov. 7. The pour will start around noon, but students will begin feeding the furnace at 9 a.m. The pour will last about three hours. The SIU Foundry is on West Pleasant Hill Road across from the Evergreen Terrace Apartments. 

The main purpose of the iron pour is to make art, and it’s a unique learning experience for the students involved. SIU is the only university program in the country offering a master of fine arts degree in blacksmithing. 

For more information about the pour, contact Carey Netherton, art foundry supervisor and metalsmithing lecturer, at