ART SHAPE MAMMOTH
TRAVELING EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS
METAL CASTING AND CERAMIC FIRING
Art Shape Mammoth’s traveling workshops promote accessibility in the equipment-heavy arts of ceramic and metal sculpture by bringing foundry and kiln processes out in the open and allowing the community a simple, hands-on experience.
Professional ASM artists and skilled participants construct a temporary aluminum foundry or portable ceramic kiln, facilitating the casting of low-relief aluminum and raku-fired ceramic sculpture. Workshops can be tailored for anyone at any age and skill level, within any community.
Watch. Learn. Create.
Participants create aluminum sculptures by carving into recessed sand blocks, which are then filled with molten aluminum on-site, creating low-relief designs on aluminum tiles.
Pre-formed ceramic pieces are provided for participants to paint with their choice of glazes, and are raku-fired on-site. Raku firing entails pulling red-hot clay pieces from the kiln and smoldering them in barrels of combustible material, creating lusters and smoky surfaces.
We have traveled to pour aluminum and fire ceramic sculptures during our annual arts festival in Ewen, Michigan, at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Pelham Art Center in Pelham, New York, and at art events in Providence, Rhode Island; Loveland, Colorado; and St Paul, Minnesota.