SIU students host molten iron pour demonstration

SIU students host molten iron pour demonstration

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Red-hot lava flowed on SIU's campus Saturday afternoon.

No volcanoes were involved.

SIU's School of Art and Design hosted a demonstration at the university's foundry.

After allowing several hours for the furnace to heat up to roughly 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, molten iron flowed out of the furnace and was carefully poured in to casts.

"You walk in the studio and you just get grubby instantly, but we really enjoy that." Explained SIU instructor Carey Netherton on Saturday, "It's a very hands-on, involved and engaged kind of process, and in a lot of ways, we're all a little bit of a pyro too."

The purpose of the iron pour was to fill casts made by students throughout the semester.

SIU is the only school in the country to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in blacksmithing.

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