Student Portfolio: molten

Metal Fabrication & Casting was a course that explored the traditional techniques, materials and concepts of traditional and contemporary metalwork. Students investigated methods of metal casting, lost-wax and resin bonded sand metholds and the physical possibilities of aluminum, bronze, and iron while they enhanced their skills in metal fabrication in blacksmithing, arc welding, and oxy-acetylene torch techniques. Students were able to adapt conventional industrial manufacturing craft to create contemporary sculptural works.

The class conducted one aluminum pour and one bronze pour at UAB Department of Art & Art History Sculpture Yard and then participated in a traditional cupola iron pour at Sloss Historical Furnaces near campus with the assistance of the Sloss Metal Arts staff. The students then took the initiative to propose and construct their own exhibition, which was highlighted in the UAB student media.