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Metal Casting for Sculpture

  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

SCULP 614 001, 2 weeks, 3 credit hours, Lab Fee $200

This beginning through advanced level Metals Casting course concentrates on casting bronze and iron into sodium silicate bonded sand molds. Students create patterns and molds, learn the process of melting and pouring the metal, and finishing and patination techniques for their castings. Class time focuses on safety in the foundry, history of the metal casting process, and developing an understanding between the foundry process, pattern generation, and personal expression. Students are encouraged to develop a series of individual research projects while also responding to the natural environment of Ox-Bow’s open-air metal sculpture studio/foundry.

Detroit Population Shift,  cnc milled and cast aluminum, 36” x 24” x 18”, 2009, Photo: Tim Thayer

Detroit Population Shift, cnc milled and cast aluminum, 36” x 24” x 18”, 2009, Photo: Tim Thayer


Norwood Viviano’s work from his installation Cities: Departure & Deviation was shown at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2015, his work was the subject of a solo museum exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and included in the MFA Boston exhibition Crafted: Object in Flux. In 2016, his work is the subject of a solo museum exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art and will be included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery exhibition Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational. Norwood received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His pieces are held in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, as well as in private collections. Norwood is currently an Associate Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at Grand Valley State University.

Ishpeming , cast concrete, cast bronze, cast iron, 2016

Ishpeming, cast concrete, cast bronze, cast iron, 2016

Daniel Matheson, Foundry Manager The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006) Instructional Foundry Technician, Sculpture (1999). BFA, 1995, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY. Exhibitions: Pirkkala Sculpture Park (Finland). Freeark Gallery (NY). Riverside Arts Center (IL). Grounds for Sculpture (NJ). The Burchfield-Penny Art Center (NY). Sedgwick Studios (IL). Casting Demonstrations: Portland Museum of Science and Industry (OR). St. Bonaventure (NY). Ashford Hollow Foundation ( NY). Morten Arboretum (IL). Visiting Artist: Grand Valley State University (MI). Indianapolis Art Center (IN).