The Portable Foundry Project is the result of a casting collaboration between artists Alice-Andrea Ewing and Freddy Morris.
Based out of Riggle Street Foundry in the Suffolk countryside, we cast using the Italian Lost Wax method. The Portable Foundry Project's aim is to make bronze casting accessible to all. It originated from our own love of casting and aims to bring this enjoyment to others, artists and non-artists alike.
We understand lessons in mould making and general casting knowledge can save money for practitioners. We also believe strongly in Arts Education and the power of engagement with new materials and processes as a means of inspiring and building confidence in young people. Consequently, we offer both casting services and a range of educational workshops suitable for schools and individual practitioners.
This project was supported by the StartEast Grant Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and
the Arts Council England Creative Local Growth Programme
ANNUAL CLASSES & COURSES
We offer scheduled group classes covering various parts of the casting process. Lessons in mould making through to wax preparation, investing with ludo, and basic patination can be arranged as well as classes that focus on specific skills. In addition to courses listed below, we often hold workshops through other organisations, the details of which we will publish as dates approach.
Our upcoming classes and courses are listed below but you can also join our mailing list for details of future events.
SCHOOL WORKSHOPS &
Education and access are at the heart of the Portable Foundry Project and we are always keen to make contact with schools or organisations interested in hosting bronze pours or in taking part in our casting workshops.
We’ve undertaken public demonstrations at local events and worked with organisations such as Aldeburgh Music and the Alde Valley Spring Festival to host casting workshops. We are always open to visits to our studios by schools or groups to watch bronze pours.
For upcoming public demonstrations, check out our calendar here
School Wax Workshops
Wax workshops involve a basic introduction to the medium of wax alongside a discussion of the casting process. These workshops can be adapted to suit a range of age groups. Schools are welcome to organise a trip to watch a bronze pour as part of these workshops. All wax is supplied by us.
School Casting Workshops
Our School Casting Workshops are a totally unique learning expreince. We offer both Italian/Investment casting projects and one day Sand Casting workshops. Through the longer Investment Casting projects, pupils will see their sculptures taken from wax through to bronze - attending a wax workshop and the pouring of their work. At the end of the workshops, students will take home their very own bronze sculptures. Similarly, our sand casting workshops allow students to produce a scratch-mould bronze relief over the course of a day.
Previous Casting Workshops have been supported by Aldeburgh Music, Diss Fine Art Society, Suffolk Coastal Council, and Clock House Arts Charity.
If you'd like to find out more or would like a pdf with details of some of our previous projects, please get in touch.
Bronze Pour Demonstrations
As a portable foundry, we are able to pour at most locations. We are also happy for visitors to come by our studio to watch pours. We've hosted school visits as part of casting courses and as one-off trips.
For more information on any of our school workshops or demonstrations, contact us by email.
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