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Multi-Level Foundry

Liz Ensz and Lloyd Mandelbaum
SCULPT 660 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks
Lab Fee $200

In this multi-level metal casting course, students will learn the fundamentals of pattern generation, simple and multi-part mold making techniques with sodium silicate bonded sand, casting with bronze, aluminum, and iron, and finishing and patination techniques for their castings. Explorations will be informed by the materiality of molten metal and molding processes, the history and technologies of metal casting, and discussion of cast metal sculpture in contemporary art. In the spirit of “there is no "I" in foundry,” teamwork and safe foundry practices form the foundation of the course. Students will be encouraged to experiment and respond to the natural environment with patterns made at Ox-Bow in an open-air sculpture studio.


- Liz Ensz -

  Liz Ensz   E Pluribus Unum,  2014, cast pre-Reagan pennies

Liz Ensz
E Pluribus Unum, 2014,
cast pre-Reagan pennies

Liz Ensz was born in Minnesota to a resourceful family of penny-savers, metal scrappers, and curators of cast-offs. She received her BFA in Fiber from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ensz has exhibited her textiles and sculpture nationwide, has been awarded residencies at The John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Program in Foundry, Sheboygan, WI; Salem Art Works, Salem, NY: Playa, Summer Lake, OR; LATITUDE, Chicago, IL; and Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY; and has been the recipient of a City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Grant, The Creative Baltimore Fund Grant, The Gilroy Roberts Fellowship for Engraving, and The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Travel Fellowship. With an interdisciplinary approach, her work presents a comparative study of the mass-cultural investment in disposability and the human desire to imagine permanence through emblems, monuments, and commemoration.

- Lloyd Mandelbaum -

  Lloyd Mandelbaum   lunge   cast iron

Lloyd Mandelbaum
cast iron

Lloyd Mandelbaum is a sculptor and entrepreneur currently residing in Hamilton, MI. Lloyd is the owner and operator of Chicago Crucible fine art foundry. He casts bronze, aluminum, and iron for artist and designers as well as in his own sculptural practice using a diverse array of techniques. After earning a BFA in sculpture from SAIC, Lloyd gained experience working in arts foundries before founding Chicago Crucible in 2009.  His appreciation for the craft has also led him to design and build foundries across the country and in Mexico to better enable the art-making process, as well as produce foundry equipment commercially.

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