The 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Scranton, Pennsylvania is offering amateur artists, metal workers, and students the opportunity to work directly with national and international contemporary sculptors in a mentor/mentee program called the Meltzone. The purpose of this program is the dissemination of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge from one generation to another through the personal work of the mentor and mentee. Participants will submit 3 images of work by email and from this pool, a selection process will pair small groups of participants with mentors to work together on a pattern, mold, and casting at the conference!
• Email 3 images of your artwork/metalwork in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 12th 2018, with the subject “Meltzone.” Title images Lastname_Firstname_Image_1.pdf
• Include the following information in your email:
o Name and Email Address
o A brief statement about your work, that also includes why you want to enter the
- You should have some experience with some type of casting/mold making/metal working.
- You will be notified of your acceptance and mentor pairing by February 16th 2018.
- If selected:
- Bring a pattern that is no larger than 12 inches (30 centimeters) in any direction.
- Patterns can be made of any material, however sand mold “meltouts” and “vapos” (foam meltouts) are not permitted. Patterns must be removable from the molding material. Inclusions (any material to be left in the mold while poured) should be discussed and approved in advanced. Email inclusion “proposals” or questions to email@example.com.
- The work will be cast in teams and then will be exhibited at the conference!
- You will also work to pour and clean up castings of medallions to be sold at the conference. This is what sponsors your scholarship!
*Start date May 24rd
For more information or questions about the Meltzone please contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Questions.” For more information on the 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art visit www.icccia.com or email general questions to email@example.com.
Meet the Meltzone Mentors!
Diala Al Daghlise
Diala Al Daghlise is a Jordanian artist who received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Jordan in 2010 with an emphasis in printmaking. After graduating she taught ceramics at Caffe de Ceramica and founded “Artylicious Studio and Gallery.” While running and managing her own studio she also participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops both locally and internationally.
In 2015 Ms. Daghlise received her Masters of Fine Arts from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where she concentrated on sculpture. Shortly after, she completed a short residency in Sanbao, China that culminated in a group exhibition. Ms. Daghlise returned to the University of Jordan and has been teaching sculpture there since the spring of 2016.
Diala’s current work uses multi-sectional sand molds in which she intricately carves patterns and designs. These designs are based on imagery she saw growing up in her mother’s dresses, her Palestinian heritage, and Arabic identity. Diala’s work strives to bring a voice to the seemingly voiceless of the State of Palestine, exploring questions of homeland, displacement, and separation. Her work is an ongoing connection with her heritage, a reminder to never forget who you are and where you come from.
Toby was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1971 and grew up in Glendale, Arizona. He studied printmaking, drawing and sculpture in San Diego receiving a BA from San Diego State University in 2000. At SDSU he studied metalworking with master sculptor Gerald Dumlao. He studied sculpture and blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale receiving a MFA in 2003. He now lives and works in Hays, Kansas with his wife, Libby and their two boys, Cooper and Oscar. He has been teaching sculpture at Fort Hays State University since 2006. The sculpture program at FHSU is in a brand new 12,000 square foot facility focused on metalworking, specifically casting, fabrication and blacksmithing. He has exhibited in over one hundred shows throughout the United States, Wales and China. When Toby is not teaching or making sculpture he enjoys time with his family, music, fly fishing, cooking with friends and telling lies.
Danielle L. Robinson
Danielle L. Robinson was born and raised in Southern California. She is a sculptor and adjunct professor at Fort Hays State University and Crowder College. She received her MFA Degree from Fort Hays State University, and her personal works of art have been in numerous group exhibitions. Her sculptures are inspired by her natural surroundings. Her abstractions of landscape terrain use a multitude of environmental concepts relevant to erosion, drought, and rising seas. Her forms manipulate the space to create visual balance, using texture, harmony, and rhythm. She then fuses the landscape abstractions to resemble an industrial remedy to environmental problems in existence today.
Danielle’s enjoyment of “the process” evolved into a passion for working in metals. Her work is composed of cast iron, fabricated elements, and found objects. Creating a cast iron sculpture involves many steps with decisions being made all along the way. The process of creating the object to making the mold to casting then seeing it all come together, it is an exciting ride but nothing compares to opening your mold after an iron pour!
My current artistic research explores concepts from physics, astronomy and cosmology utilizing scientific data, and deep space images as starting points to inspire and generate sculptural form. This work represents an expression of wonder at the elusive magnitude of Space, and serves as a way of obtaining knowledge and understanding through inquiry, synthesis, material exploration and making.
Chris Sancomb was born in Winnepeg, Canada and raised in Louisville, KY. He received his BFA in Sculpture from RISD in 1993 and his MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1998. After living in Atlanta, GA for five years, he returned with his family to live in southern Rhode Island. Aside from exhibiting his own sculpture, Sancomb has also worked designing furniture, restoring classic architectural stonework, making molds and teaching sculpture, and he currently designs and builds exhibits for The Providence Children’s Museum.
Alair Wells has a B.F.A. in Sculpture from The Atlanta College of Art and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Louisiana State University. Alair has organized and participated in a multitude of iron casting workshops and blacksmithing events nationwide; her mixed-media installations have been exhibited in Atlanta, North Carolina, New Orleans, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Seattle. She taught sculpture and installation classes at Binghamton University before relocating to Seattle in 2006. She has taught at Pratt Fine Art Center, Coyote Central, Tacoma Community College, lectured at the Bellevue Art Museum and is currently running her own metal- working business - Tinder Heart metals and design, where she also teaches private welding and blacksmithing lessons. She also currently serves as the primary sculpture/metals faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She continues to show her work nationally.
Meet the Meltzone Juror!
Jillian Springer was born in Hays Kansas, in 1988. She grew up in playing in the dirt of rural Kansas and Nebraska. Her love for metal and industrial materials started at very young age while playing on her grandparent’s farm, and rummaging through piles of rusty treasures. Growing up in small towns allowed her to create her own fun and explore the depths of her imagination.
After graduating high school from Cambridge, Nebraska in 2007, she ran off to Fort Hays State University where she studied sculpture under her mentor Tobias Flores. It was there she fell in love with the sculptural processes that she still employs today, such as casting and fabricating. She also fell in love with her future husband, a genuine Texas gentleman, who swept her off her feet at a local dance hall. After graduating from Fort Hays in May 2012 with her Bachelors of Fine Arts, she decided to further pursue her education, and was accepted into Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While at SIUC she took full advantage of the facilities and focused on making large-scale interactive sculpture. Jillian uses a variety of materials to create her forms, such as clay, foam, or fabric. She then transforms these forms into metal using the casting process. In May 2015, she graduated from Southern Illinois University with her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She continues to build on this body of work and exhibiting in outdoor sculpture exhibitions.
In September of 2015 she married her Texas gentleman under a big oak tree in Paradise, Kansas. Since graduation she has been employed at Medwedeff Forge and Design, building work for renowned sculpture and blacksmith John Medwedeff. She is currently exhibiting work in three, yearlong outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Though Jillian’s work is made of industrial materials, each sculpture calls for playful interaction. When not working on sculpture, Jillian enjoys spending time with her two sons Theodore and Oaklee. Theo’s bright spirit and animated expressions have served as a big inspiration throughout her art making career. She also loves teaching art classes and workshops, tending to her chickens, and dancing with her husband.