Bronze Casting: Casting in the Foundry

Metal Fabrication

Bronze Casting: Casting in the Foundry

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

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 7/18/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thur, 7/18/2024


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Class, Off-Site, No Prerequisite

Offsite: Monkey Wrench Foundry - 9392 Wardwell Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island

Foundry, Casting


Learn and advance your metal-art skills by casting bronze or aluminum into a mold you've already created or one of our stock patterns.

Molten metal is poured into the mold you’ve formed in green sand (an environmentally safe mixture of fine sand, clay, and water). After your casting cools, you’ll free it from the mold and experience the thrill as your artistic creation emerges.

This is the second class in a 3 part series taking you though the process of creating your bronze masterpiece.  This series is self paced and separate registration in each class is required.  

We recommend repeating this class as desired (the same recommendation stands for the Bronze Casting: Finishing Your Casting class and, of course, guided studio in the foundry, which is where advanced casting skills are built).


This class meets off site at 9392 Wardwell Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island


A materials fee of $35, included in the cost of the class, covers all you'll need.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome
  • Wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather). No stretch fabrics, hoodie ties, or dangling jewelry such as bracelets that can get caught in machinery. Tie back long hair.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Mario Oblak

Mario Oblak honed his passion for casting metal with a BFA (University of Washington) and an MFA (Rhode Island School of Design) 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.

Jeff Oens

Jeff Oens is a widely renowned sculptor with bronze artwork exhibited in prominent art collections and public displays across the United States and Canada. He 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

Frank Wurden earned his BS in electrical engineering at the University of Washington, and a BFA degree with an 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.

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