Metal Casting in the Foundry (Off-site)

  • Thursday, December 29, 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Location Address: 9392 Wardwell Ave NE, Bainbridge (6-9pm), Class Code: MA122922JO
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  • $87 tuition + $25 materials fee
  • $67 tuition + $25 materials fee

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Cast your own pattern or use one of BARN's in this introductory class to metal casting. 

About the Class

Learn and advance your metal-art skills by casting bronze or aluminum into a mold you've already created, you make in the class, or one of our own patterns. Molten metal is poured into the mold you’ve formed in green sand (an environmentally safe mixture of fine sand, clay, and water), from a pattern of your own making, or one selected from our pattern library. After your casting cools, you’ll free it from the mold and experience the thrill as your artistic creation emerges.

Metal Casting is the second of three basic steps of the Foundry Arts:

  1. Make the pattern,
  2. Form the mold and pour metal to create the casting, and
  3. Finish the casting

No need to be concerned about attending this class before you’ve made a pattern. Attend the class for the first time, and when casting inspires your creative energies, take the Pattern-Making class, then attend the Metal Casting class again, as often as you like. Our instructors guide each student to help them advance, no matter their skill level.

BARN offers related casting classes including The Basics of Metal Casting (online), Pattern-Making for Casting in the Foundry where you learn how to make patterns used to produce a working mold, and Metal Casting in the Foundry where you make molds from patterns and pour molten metal into the mold to form the casting. A foundry casting event - Guided Open Studio - is available to those who’ve attended Metal Casting in the Foundry or who have demonstrated competency in the foundry. Our goal is to host this event each month, so check the calendar. Registration is required for all Foundry and Casting events.

After casting your piece, register to clean up, polish and finish it here

Location: This is an off-site class.        

9392 Wardwell Ave NE 
Bainbridge Island WA 


  • Participants must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather). No stretch fabrics, no hoodie ties, or dangling jewelry like bracelets that can get caught in machinery are allowed. Please tie back long hair. 

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Jeff Oens - A widely renowned sculptor with bronze artwork exhibited in prominent art collections and public displays across the United States and Canada, Jeff is best known for his outstanding wildlife sculptures. But his portfolio also includes human figures, mythical creatures, and other diverse subjects, ranging in size from miniature to monumental. Many of Jeff’s sculptures can be seen around the industrial park on Three Tree Lane.

Frank Wurden - While getting his BS Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Washington, Frank also obtained a BFA degree with emphasis in life drawing, sculpting and foundry art working with green sand, CO2 sand casting, investment casting, and ceramic shell casting. Sculpture materials were clay, foam, wood, or wax for the patterns, and casting in aluminum, bronze and stainless steel. Frank says it’s been many years since he's actually done casting, so it’s great fun to get back into it! “I totally enjoy the entire process and look forward to helping other people do the same.”

Mario Oblak - Mario honed his passion for casting metal with BFA (University of Washington) and MFA (Rhode Island School of Design) degrees in sculpture. Creating, designing, and building in different materials and mediums is a joy, but working in liquid metal is “it” for him. Mario feels “casting is a magical process that requires patience, skill, labor, and teamwork, with the results both satisfying and permanent.” By sharing his knowledge and experience, Mario wants to help others explore, learn, and develop skills so they can see their ideas come to life.

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