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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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Meet in classroom today

Meet in classroom today.

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Links for crucibles

You should buy a silicon carbide or at least a graphite crucible of at least a size number 3.  A bildge shape is usually easier to deal with. This is the company I usually use: RioGrande is … Continue reading

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Sand Casting UPDATED!!!

Below is the lecture on sand that we have covered so far.  One thing that I have noticed, that you all need to consider is in most cases with green sand the mold is poured with the pattern horizontal.  In … Continue reading

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A few ideas for research paper

Anything involving the history of casting – what type of molds, furnaces and metal alloys were used during a specific time?  What were the advantages and disadvantages of this process/material?  How can some of this knowledge be applied to modern … Continue reading

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Ceramic Shell Patterns

Original pattern should be group designed. Should have a function without it being obvious. Your team should submit 4 variations on this theme – with slight variation among two pairs and more extreme variation in the pair of pairs. This … Continue reading

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Ceramic Shell Casting Process

Link to lecture on ceramic shell. Note the lecture  contains additional information that you will be responsible for.   401 Ceramic Shell

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Traditional lost wax clay molds and crucible pour

The images that follow describe the process that has been used for over 3000 years to create lost wax castings.  The furnace is a contemporary design propane fired gas furnace.  

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tomorrow and pour

If you can, please meet at 9am in the morning.  Those that come early will have their mold poured first and get first priority on being on the team.

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