I have moved around some of the deadlines and due dates.  Most importantly I am giving you a few more days to build your furnaces.

1.  The research paper is due tomorrow by midnight via email.  It should be 3 full pages + coversheet+reference list.  Email/text me if you want feedback as to the topic.

2.  The research project is still due the last week in class.  You may work alone or with a group of up to 4 people.  You can work with your group or with others instead.  A four person research project will be graded much more harshly than a solo one.  In a nut shell, I want you to conduct some kind of experiment involving a metal casting process – this can be regarding a furnace technique, molding process or alloy of metal.  I am open to suggestions.  You will either do a demonstration with the class or a presentation of 5 minutes per person in front of the class.


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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