Digital Pattern and Ceramic Shell

Digital Pattern-making and Ceramic Shell Workshop
Led by Rian Kerrane – Professor of Sculpture, UC-Denver, USA and Alvin Huff,  Assistant Instructor, Arizona SU, USA

Workshop will focus on digital pattern and ceramic shell processes. Patterns will be molded using the ceramic shell process. . Ceramic shell is the only investment-type molding process that can withstand the heat of molten iron.Fifteen participants are invited to create patterns and prepare work to cast at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum during the Demonstration Pour scheduled on Sunday, June 22nd.

Location: Alainis Studio, Riga, Latvia
Astras iela 11, Riga, Latvia, LV-1002
Dates: Saturday, June 14th – Wednesday, June 18th
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Digital workshop fee: 100 €
Digital workshop fee for students: 50 €

Workshop description
Workshop will focus on digital pattern making in connection with the Ceramic Shell workshop. Fifteen participants are invited to learn and prepare digital files for printing and building. Concluded 3D prints and prototype form in wax/paper/cardboard will be shelled and cast at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum at the Production/Demonstration Pour scheduled for Sunday, June 22nd. Workshop participants are invited to bring their own digital files or to create their own Tuesday morning, June 17th. Wax, sprues, bailing wire and fibreglass will be provided. Wax forms must be completed by Wednesday morning for burnout Thusday morning, June 19th. De-waxed shells will be transported to Pedvale Thursday 19th June.

Workshop guidelines
Weight/size guidelines: 3 kg (5 lb) iron maximum
Wax forms should be no bigger than 18 cm (7”) in any dimension.

Additional info
Please plan on bringing your own personal safety gear. Workshop participants may wish to bring personal hand tools for working wax. Workshop participants are expected to participate in the preparation of materials and the handling and pouring of molds during the demonstration pour as their previous metal-casting experience allows. (Note: we do not recommend bringing your own electric tools unless they are rated for use in Latvia.)

Rian Kerrane is a Professor of Sculpture at the University of Colorado, Denver in the United States and regularly teaches the aesthetic applications and physical techniques of the ceramic shell molding process. Alvin Huff is a graduate student at the University of Arizona, and has a degree in Philosophy from Brown University.

Suggested arrival: Thursday, June 12th to settle into Riga, get over jet lag and see some sites.

Recommended for Riga Pre-Conference Workshops: Hotel Spare
Two-minute walk from Alainis Studio

Rīga Lodging

Rian Kerrane

Rian Kerrane, associate professor of sculpture

 Alvin Huff