"The Trails crew, the participants and the work study artists made such a memorable year. Together we ran 12 iron pours, casting 14,000 pounds of iron in 30 day. We produced many sculptures for the exhibition. The Trails artists expect The 2011 Cast Iron Workshops to be even better." Gerard Masse, Founder SculptureTrails.com
Online PR News – 02-April-2011 – – Sculpture Trails began its annual Cast Iron Workshops last year. It was a huge success. Artists of all experience levels are encouraged to register for our month long Annual Sculpture Trails Cast Iron Sculpture Workshops July 2011. This is held each year at the Sculpture Trails outdoor sculpture park.
Cast Iron Sculpture Workshops are held on the Museum Grounds at the Sculpture Trails Iron Foundry in Solsberry, IN, during July 2011. To apply for the work study artist program 2012, email a request for Work Study info through our website. To become a cast iron sculpture workshop participant, follow the cast iron sculpture workshop link and apply online.
Participants are encouraged to book a week now, online. Each workshop session will be held for one week, Monday to Monday. Participants will be working alongside a crew of professional iron sculptors, helping run the iron foundry, and mold making workshop to bring the participants sculptural visions to life. One week is the minimum, but you can also book 2, 3 or even 4 weeks. It will be a month to remember.
The workshop registration fee includes one week of camping (indoor restroom, laundry and shower) at the Sculpture Trails’ campground and full access to the facilities at the Iron Foundry. Participants are responsible for the cost of their sand at 25 cents per pound and iron at 40 cents per pound. The series of workshops will conclude with the opportunity for selected works to become part of the Outdoor Sculpture Parks permanent collection or the 2012 cast iron exhibition. The furnace taps a maximum of 800 pounds of iron, so think big.
"As a Work Study Artist at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in 2010, my work ethic grew tremendously as an artist and my knowledge of mold making, Iron casting, chasing, finishing and installing outdoor sculpture has pushed me forward faster in 30 days than I ever expected. I was able to build my first big Iron outdoor sculpture for the Exhibition and with that experience in my pocket I feel I have made a huge jump forward in my work as a an artist.” Robin Baker, Lexington, KY 2010 work study artist.
Participants of the 2011 Cast Iron Workshop, meet the 7 work study artists for July 2011 Iron workshops.
“Casting creates a constant state of problem solving, my fascination and experience is rooted in the diversity of that venture. The Sculpture Trails Program offers a rare opportunity to work with folks of equally diverse experience and background, giving way to endless potential inspiration and just plain fun.” Mira Kathlene Rychner, Milwaukee, WI
West of England Sculptor Toby Robson is studying stone masonry in Bath. He also has his own small-scale foundry where he works in bronze and aluminum. "The permanence and counter-intuitive subtlety of iron is what attracts me to it as a medium - and Gerry Masse is one of the most enthusiastic and inspiring artists I know of. Being invited to participate this year was an offer I simply couldn't refuse!” Toby Robson, England
Bloomington IN native, Allison Baker is a BFA sculpture student at Indiana University. She is also seeking a degree in Gender Studies. “I particularly enjoy working in metal fabrication and I am looking forward to an intense and productive summer at the Trails.” Allison Baker, Bloomington, IN
“I received my BFA in Sculpture and BA in Art History from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and I'm currently working on my MFA in Sculpture at Indiana University. I specialize in mold making and casting. Being a work-study artist for Sculpture Trails will add to my metal casting skills.” Marla Roddy, Pittsburgh, PA
Kate Hobby, England
Devin Lynn Balara, Jacksonville, Florida
Robin Baker, Lexington Kentucky
We look forward to seeing you in July 2011.
The Sculpture Trails Crew