University of Oklahoma's annual iron pour set for Oct. 26

The public is invited to the annual Fuego Friday Iron Pour on Oct. 26, sponsored by the School of Art and Art History's sculpture program.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: October 17, 2012

— The public is invited to the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History's seventh annual Fuego Friday Iron Pour from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the ceramics shop, Preble Street and Congress Avenue on South Base.

The free pour is sponsored by the OU sculpture program as an instructional event for its students on casting metal.

Visitors can watch students run a furnace that will reach internal temperatures of 3,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Students will extract 100-pound increments of molten iron to cast what they call “scratch blocks” or plastic molds created by donors and students.

The iron is generally between 2,300 and 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit when it is poured, said sculpture professor Jonathan Hils.

The process is similar to large iron processing, but on a small scale using coke — a refined coal product — and forced air, he said.

“We look at this as an opportunity for the community to be engaged with a unique and special process that is very rare these days,” Hils said. “This also is an important exercise in teamwork for our students.”

by Jane Glenn Cannon
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A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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