You don’t want to miss being a part of this! The 2021 Kingsport Iron Pour will take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, with workshops taking place in the weeks prior. You have a chance to create your own iron artwork! See details below.
You’re not just invited to watch, you’re invited to make your own art. On Saturday, May 8th, the furnace will roar, crackle, flame, and spark with power and excitement! Join us for an iron pour demonstration conducted by Sculpture artist Tripp Jarvis and a team of master sculptors as they heat 500 pounds of iron until it’s white hot, then pour it into molds made in the Scratch Mold Workshop. Let the fireworks begin!
To watch, it’s free! To participate by creating your own mold, it’s only $15 to create your own Iron Art thru one of the workshops. (see below for details)
Food Trucks will be on site with us as the iron pour is heating up! 11:30am – 3pm is projected time of the fun!
Venue: The Inventor Center 118 Shelby St., Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
Scratch Mold Workshops:
Class option 1: Friday, April 30th, 10am – 12 noon (Update: SOLD OUT!)
Class option 2: Friday, April 30th, 6pm-8pm (Update: SOLD OUT!)
Class option 3: Friday, May 7th, 10am – 12 noon (Update: SOLD OUT!)
Class option 4: Friday, May 7th, 6pm-8pm (Update: SOLD OUT!)
Class option 5: Saturday, May 8th, 10am – 12 noon (This is the morning of the Iron Pour event. All molds must be completed no later than 1pm) (Update: SOLD OUT!)
Create your own iron artwork by making a Scratch Mold. Suitable for beginners and students of all skill level, you’ll scratch unique designs into an 8-inch sand mold which will be cast with molten iron by professional artists during the main event (held on Saturday, May 8th). At the end of the night, take home your one-of-a-kind art. The workshop cost includes all materials needed for the workshop and the casting of your piece in iron on May 8th during the main event. Rain or shine. Advance registration required. $15 scratch block mold. (ALL WORKSHOPS ARE SOLD OUT – But join us for the IRON POUR demonstration on May 8th!)
Visit www.EngageKingsport.com & click on “Buy Tickets” at the top to reserve your spot! Call 423-392-8414 with any questions.
Direct link to ticket page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iron-pour-scratch-mold-workshop-tickets-148818848181?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
This Scratch Mold Workshop and Iron Pour is hosted by Engage Kingsport and the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts at the Inventor Center located at 118 Shelby Street, and is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
About the Office of Cultural Arts
The Office of Cultural Arts (OCA), part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. We operate the Renaissance Arts Center, the Farmer’s Market, the Kingsport Carousel, the Carousel Fine Craft Show, Kingsport Public Art Program, Engage Kingsport Performing Arts Series and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. The OCA works in tandem with Engage Kingsport, Inc., the “Friends of the Cultural Arts” group, a private, volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit community organization.
About the City of Kingsport
Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S. The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500-acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory. Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives. While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”