*This class has prerequisites, please see below.
In this class you’ll build on your previous casting and pattern-making experience to make a basic mold using your pattern, assist in pouring the bronze into the mold, and then cleaning and finishing your bronze piece.
This class is offered in conjunction with Alchemy Industrial Arts (AIA) at their facility. Intermediate Casting is one of several classes in a series that builds toward a working knowledge of casting in the foundry. The series includes:
• An Introduction to Metal Casting (an online class)
• Beginning Casting in the Foundry (hands-on)
• Pattern-Making for Foundry
• Intermediate Casting in the Foundry
• Advanced Casting (an Open Studio format)
Location: This is an off-site class.
Alchemy Industrial Arts
9392 Wardwell Ave NE
Bainbridge Island WA
- Prerequisites: Introduction to Casting in the Foundry and Pattern-Making for Foundry, or demonstrated competency.
- Participants must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather). No stretch fabrics, no hoodie ties, or dangling jewelry, bracelets that can get caught in machinery. Please tie long hair back.
- BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and will notify registrants of this decision. A full refund will be given.
Frank Wurden - While getting his BS Electrical Engineering degree at University of Washington, Frank also obtained a BFA degree with emphasis in life drawing, sculpting and foundry art working with green sand, CO2 sand casting, investment casting, and ceramic shell casting. Sculpture materials were clay, foam, wood, or wax for the patterns, and casting in aluminum, bronze and stainless steel. Frank says it’s been many years since actually casting, so it’s great fun to get back into it! “I totally enjoy the entire process and look forward to helping other people do the same.”
Jeff Oens is a widely renowned sculptor with his bronze artwork exhibited in prominent art collections and public displays across the United States and Canada. Jeff is best known for his outstanding wildlife sculptures, but his portfolio also includes human figures, mythical creatures, and other diverse subjects, ranging in size from miniature to monumental. Many of Jeff’s sculptures can be seen around the industrial park on Three Tree Lane.
Mario Oblak - Mario honed his passion for casting metal with BFA (UofW) and MFA (Rhode Island School of Design) degrees in Sculpture. Creating, designing and building in different materials and mediums is a joy, but working in liquid metal is “it” for him. Mario feels “Casting is a magical process that requires patience, skill, labor and teamwork, with the results both satisfying and permanent.” By sharing his knowledge and experience, Mario wants to help others explore, learn, and develop skills so they can see their ideas come to life.