School of Art Course Spotlight

Foundry Pour

Class Title: Sculpture Foundry Studio – FAA5165 / 6065

Instructor: Farron Allen

Course Description: Lost-wax process, also called cire-perdue, method of metal casting in which a molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by means of a wax model.

Learning Outcomes:

1. To develop a working knowledge of the foundry process, the materials, tools, and techniques

2. To develop excitement and interest in sculpture

3. To work together as a group, sharing work and information

Farron Instruction

Instructor – Why I love to teach this class:

I love to teach this class because of my students. They keep me fresh, engaged, and challenged. And pouring bronze at 2100 degrees is never boring.

--Farron Allen

Student – What I enjoy most from taking this class:

Foundry is my favorite class offered by DAAP. Being a sculptor who focuses in metal I have been naturally drawn to foundry. There is something about the intensity of the process and the gravity of what comes out that never stops being satisfying. The opportunity to cast in bronze isn’t something every person has and to learn how to do it under the guidance of Farron Allen. I’d have it no other way.  Beyond just the intrigue of pouring molten hot metal having the privilege of getting to know the professor, Farron, I value even higher than anything else. I’ll definitely try to take foundry every semester until I graduate.

--Nathaniel Bischoff