Fire Arts Chicago
by Eric Schrempp
I know your article on The Crucible ran a while back, but I'd like to mention a wonderful place like it here in Chicago. It's the Fire Arts Center of Chicago, and they offer classes in foundry, forge, armor, sword-making, welding, and sculpture.
My son and I have worked in bronze and copper sculpture using the ceramic-shell lost wax process, making pieces upwards of thirty pounds. Vince Hawkins is the resident wizard/alchemist who keeps things running at Fire Arts, and he's a remarkable sculptor in his own right.
Editor's Note: Don't live in Chicago? Check out our list of industrial art spaces here.
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