Workshops and    Demonstrations    Panels


|   Kei Eda and his son Tomoya Eda together with Michał Staszczak at the tilt furnace – demonstration  |   Blacksmith masters  |   Quick and dirty   |     Textures  |     Stacker Molds Workshop   |     Textures in Iron   |     Photography-Workshop for participants of the conference – especially for students   |  RiDE FLAT    |


  
Kei Eda and his son Tomoya Eda (Tokio, Japan) 
together with Michał Staszczak (Wrocław, Poland) at the tilt furnace – demonstration
Kei Eda and his son Tomoya Eda are the 23rd and 24th generation of artists in the Eda Family of artists practicing the Sogata method of metal casting. The Eda family has been producing iron art forms for more than 400 years. Not only do they design and make the castings, but they also produce the iron melted to make the castings directly from Japanese Iron Sand [which is very much like magnetite iron ore]. The tatara furnace that makes Japanese pig iron is the same furnace used to make steel for the Japanese sword. This iron is very hard, durable, and resistant to rust. Very few Japanese traditional casters use tatara-made pig iron [because of the additional time and difficulty of production], preferring to use pig iron made with western methods.

The Sogata technique, for making clay molds to cast tea pots and the traditional Tetsubin
[“Kama” or “kettle” or iron pot for heating the water used in the Tea Ceremony], employs a sweep to describe the form of the cope, drag, and core of the mold. Eda’s forms, while traditional, are also quite unique and different from most of the other tetsubin makers in Japan. The Sogata method is also used to make traditional temple bells. Some western bell makers also use sweeps, but the Japanese method is much more complicated and difficult.  This practice is rarely seen outside of Japan and will be a unique contribution to the conference. 

 
Demon Island, iron kettle by Kei Eda, Tomoya Eda     |   Michał Staszczak   | https://michalstaszczak.pl/wp/tag/cast-iron-sculpture/

 

 


  
Blacksmith masters
Bernd Helmich
(Berlin), Andreas Glaser  (Binningen/Basel/Switzerland)
share some elementary moments between anvil and fire and show how material and surface can follow any sculptural idea

 
Bernd Helmich in his workshop   |   https://www.metallrestaurierung.de   |   Andreas Glaser interviewed by Lutz Laengert (Moving Poets)     |    https://www.glaser-schlosserei.ch/kunst/guss-giessen/ 


 


  
Textures
Wayne E. Potratz is making a series of cast iron tiles that demonstrate the rich potential of surface textures possible in sand casting. Textual possibilities will be illustrated with a presentation that will also address how gesture, form, and process combine with aesthetic intent to convey content that is visual, emotional, and intellectual.
 
Wayne E. Potratz  |   https://www.ironwain.com



  
Stacker Molds Workshop
Kay Dartt, Becca Flis
Over a 3-4 day period workshop participants will learn techniques to make stacker molds and cast multiple iron objects. The workshop will culminate in an art swap of the cast objects between participants to foster the exchange of ideas, processes, culture, and craft. Participants should expect to cast fistsized or smaller objects, and come prepared with multiple patterns to discuss the feasibility of using one of these patterns in the stacker mold process. 

 


Becca Flis    |      http://www.rebeccaflis.com   |   Kay Dartt     |    https://kdartt.com



  
Textures in Iron
Kevin Vanek & Stacey Holloway
This one hour long demonstration will cover a variety of processes and techniques of applying and creating texture in cast iron work. Vanek and Holloway will demonstrate and discuss surface quality in pattern-making, the use of found materials, chasing and clean up, and surface finishing.

  
Stacey Holloway   |    https://staceyholloway.com    |   Kevin Vanek    |    https://kevinvanek.com/home.html




Photography-Workshop for participants of the conference – especially for students.
Gerhard Haug, Berlin (Place and time will be announced later)

It is an individual practice course on your real work of art.
You bring your work of art and together we develop it with the following options.

What are we going to do is:   For all picture examples 

_  From a photo to an images.
_  Photography is lighting design.
_  Different light – different statements!
_  „Kleine Eisen“ – macro photography – everything sharp?
_  Quick cut! – Fast simulation!


 



RiDE FLAT
Rainey Rawles
Your artwork was accepted into an exhibition halfway across the country – now what? Knowing how to properly pack and crate your artwork is arguably just as important as creating the work itself. This demo will walk you through the process of designing a crate or soft pack for your artwork (both 2D and 3D works) and the types of packing materials and construction methods used to ensure it safely makes it to its destination in one piece.


Stacey Holloway   |    https://www.raineyrawles.com   |     


    

|   Kei Eda and his son Tomoya Eda together with Michał Staszczak at the tilt furnace – demonstration  |   Blacksmith masters  |   Quick and dirty   |     Textures  |     Stacker Molds Workshop   |     Textures in Iron   |     Photography-Workshop for participants of the conference – especially for students   |  RiDE FLAT    |



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