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Texas Woman’s University Cast Iron Sculpture Symposium
Pattern Making Workshop, Mold Making Workshop and Iron Pour
February 28, 2013

 TWU Iron Pour

Texas Woman’s University, Department of Visual Arts is hosting a Sculpture Symposium on Iron casting on Thursday, February 28th, 2013.  Members of the Texas Atomic Iron Commission: Kurt Dyrhaug (Lamar University), Geoff Broderick (Abilene Christian University), Robbie Barber (Baylor University), Greg Reuter (Texas A & M Corpus Christi), and Tanya Synar (Texas Woman’s University) will be on campus demonstrating the cast iron sculpting process. Activities include a workshop on mold-making/pattern making from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. conducted by Greg Reuter, Geoff Broderick and Kurt Dyrhaug, a presentation on paint patinas to create color on iron from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and the highlight of the day, an iron pour from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Students and faculty from TWU Visual Arts and other Texas universities and community colleges will participate. The TAIC will discuss their work and the sculptural potential of iron, present a mold-making workshop and paint patina presentation and demonstrate the melting and pouring of iron using a coke fired cupola at the outdoor work area of the Fine Arts Building, corner of Texas and Oakland St.

Flexible Mold Making and Alternative Foam Pattern Workshop- 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Room 002/Sculpture Area, Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Building.  

Geoff Broderick and Greg Reuter will demonstrate materials and processes used to make flexible “rubber” molds. Greg Reuter will present low-tech mold materials found at the hardware store and innovative methods used to make molds from patterns and surfaces found in nature and Geoff Broderick will present high tech specialized urethane, rubber and silicone based materials used by professional foundries.

Kurt Dryhaug will demonstrate alternative foam pattern making methodologies using foam core and different types of Styrofoam to make artwork to be cast in iron.

Paint Patinas: Creating Interesting Surfaces on Sculpture with Color-1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Room 002/Sculpture Area, Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Building.
Robbie Barber will present the materials and methods he uses to create fantastic color and texture on his cast metal artwork.

The Iron Pour
- Iron pour will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 0Outdoor Work Area / South of Fine Arts Building (corner of Texas and Oakland St.)0Heat of 2,500 to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit is needed to melt iron. Today's pour will use roughly 800 pounds of iron to create sculpture prepared by TAIC members and TWU students.

The events are free and open to the public.
For a map of the Denton campus, visit  For more information about the event, visit or call 940-898-2533.

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