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Iron Pour on Saturday

Monday, December 3, 2012

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When Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design faculty say their work is hot stuff, they mean it.

On Saturday, the school will host its 41st annual iron pour, an event where members of the public can create unique and interesting molds that are then filled with molten iron to be formed formed into objects.

Liquid iron burning at 2600 to 2700 degrees will flow from furnaces into hand casks and then be poured into molds in a brilliant, fiery display, said George Beasley, a retired professor of fine art who started the iron pour.

“There’s the roar of the furnaces and the fire and sparks; it’s all very dramatic,” he said. “It’s incredibly hot stuff.”

Beasley said he has seen people create molds of everything from pictures to numbers for their house.

Faculty and students from Georgia State University and other schools will also be pouring larger molds to create sculptures.

The iron pour will take place this Saturday at the Edgewood Sculpture Studio at 184 Edgewood Ave. The studio opens at 1 p.m. for people to begin creating molds and the actual iron pour starts at 2 p.m.

Molds cost $12, $17 or $27 depending on the size.