IRON-R-2, iron-casting intensive workshop. National Sculpture Factory. Cork. April 2014.
I participated in a six day intesive iron casting workshop in conjuction with CIT, CCAD and NSF. The primary `im of this ongoing project is to explore and engage with the often over looked medium of iron,this exploration is aimed at utilizing the medium in relation to contemporary ideas and debates that surround current sculptural practices.
The IRON-R project, was initiated and lead by artist and lecturer (CIT/CCAD) James L. Hayes, and presented a rare opportunity for artists to take part in every step of the near-obsolete cast-iron process. The six-day intensive project guided the artist through each step of the cast-iron process from sand-mould casting to charging the cupola and pouring the molten metal, all within the dynamic environment of the National Sculpture Factory. The project was lead by world-leading cast-iron artists including Matt O’Toole (Savannah College Art and Design), Andy Griffiths (Carmarthen College) and James L Hayes (CIT/CCAD).