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Department of Art

College of Arts & Sciences

Annual Iron Pour

An all day affair after working for weeks to prepare, our UW students come together in early fall of every school year to recycle donated materials so that they may create art. 

In 2004, after one year of teaching at UW, Assistant Professor Ashley Hope Carlisle built an iron casting furnace so she could teach the students how to make varying scale sculpture utilizing scrap iron with a little elbow grease and a team mindset so they can accomplish a set goal- to make art as communication with the world around them. 

Citizens all over Laramie have given the art department scrap to recycle, and Pacific States Pipe in Provo, Utah donates the fuel, so all that is left is to create molds and work together to turn the rusty gifts into 2700 degree molten metal.

Schools from all over the region come to UW to pour iron with our students, which offers great connections, and really fosters working together to accomplish a great deal. The Public is welcome to come and view the process, and is invited to partake in the fun by creating a tile in iron while contributing to funding students in traveling to conferences, and exhibition opportunities.  






 For more information on the Iron Pour:

please contact Ashley Hope Carlisle

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