Authentic Iron Pour Slated

Posted: 06/15/2010

La Plume – The pouring of molten iron is an experience synonomous with the building of America and the Scranton Iron Furnaces  represent a part of our region’s proud past as a 20th century industrial leader.

In June, 32 local high school students will have the opportunity to experience pouring hot molten iron into molds they have created, just as the workers did generations ago at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces.

The students, participants in the Keystone College Iron Works and Art Engage Program, will create their own iron design during the Arts on Fire Industrial Arts Festival Saturday, June 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave. The iron pour demonstration is scheduled for 2- 5 p.m.   

From 6 -9 p.m. on the same day, the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces will host a fundraising event at the Iron Furnaces, featuring music, food, and refreshments. Proceeds wills benefit the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.

“We’re looking forward to a wonderful day, as the entire community celebrates Scranton’s industrial history,” said Keystone College art instructor   Nikki Moser. “The day will be especially memorable for the local students participating in the historic iron pour. They will have a hands-on opportunity to create their own iron sculptures as part of a major community event.”

The students began their training earlier this month by participating in several iron pour workshops at the Keystone College art studios. They will continue their preparation until the iron pour event. The students will then exhibit their works at the Art WORKS gallery in Scranton on July 2, during the city’s First Friday Celebration.

“We encourage everyone to attend the Arts on Fire celebration on Saturday, June 19,” Ms. Moser said. “It will be a great way to celebrate our community and recognize the young people involved in this unique iron pour demonstration.”

For more information on the iron pour event, contact Nikki Moser or Pat McGowan at Keystone College, (570) 945-8585.

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