I am happy to report that the Mass Art Foundry is back online. There are still a few bugs to work out, but for the most part it was an enormous success. I did lose a couple of pieces to stress cracks, but they weren’t total losses thanks to Mr. Gabbard. We are going to try those again in a two weeks during the next pour.
In all of the excitement I ended up on the working end of the aluminum crucible. After my 10 second training session I was terrified but diligently pouring from the crucible into small [test] cups held by Zach’s TAs. Unfortunately, with all of the activity (including accidentally spilling a small amount of hot metal onto the glove of one of my instructors) – I did not get any shots of the action.
So, I have included some new images from the Hillside Sculpture Studios bronze pour earlier in the day.
Two pours in one day! Amazing! I have to say that HSS was a bit more organized, but Mass Art had all the flash – the new kiln and both the bronze and aluminum furnaces running full tilt. Glorious!