Group Assignments

I have divided you into work groups. In the choices, I have taken into account your schedules, interests and tried to create groups that have a balance of skills (tools, welding and computer). If you made a request for specific people in your group, there should be at least one of the people you asked for in the group. You may trade members if you want after the first project (building a crucible furnace) as long as the groups keep a balance of skills (do not leave a group without someone with welding skills!), do not drop below 3 members or increase above 4 members.  Get my okay before officially making changes.

You may pair up with anyone in the class for your final research project.

The groups are as follows:

1. Andrew Countryman
Thomas Larson
Corwin Whitefield
Garrison Burger

2. Matthew Fant
Andrew Lewis
William Scheurich
Chad Porter

3. Yuriy Khinotskiy
Adam Stone
Alexi Ehrlich
Mark Hanson

4. Adam Commons
Matt Rogge
Brandon Pomeroy
Vishwas Rajkumar

5. Kristopher Conrad
Devin Ford
Brian Medema
Bethany Weeks


About skaad

Professor Laura West, head of Sculpture at Fresno City College, has been casting iron since her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in the late 1980's/early 1990's. This is where her first iron furnace was built. Professor West continued her studies at Idaho State University and then became part of the teaching staff at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture before moving to Fresno, California. Although Professor West has run and built furnaces of a wide variety of sizes, types and situations, she specializes in smaller furnaces and beginner crews. Laura is known internationally for her iron casting skills. Her small tap out iron cupola which melts 100 lbs/7minutes and has been used in classrooms and workshops from coast to coast. This furnace alone has seen over 30,000 pounds of iron flow through it. Professor West was even a member of a small crew of people who poured iron north of the arctic circle in Alaska. Laura's work has been exhibited internationally and focuses on the placement of cast figurative elements within installation and environmental formats. In the past several years, her work has expanded to include the use of digital technology and rapid prototyping. This research focuses on the use of digitally produced molds and patterns for use with cast metal.
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