Fine Art Casting and Fabrication

     Recent and future events occurring at or in conjunction with Chicago Crucible are posted here. For more information or to attend an event at Chicago Crucible please contact us.

Sept. 1, 2011 - Chicago Crucible has expanded and moved! It is now located at 1248 N Central Park Ave in Chicago IL. Our new space offers more room and larger crains to facilitate larger works. Thank you everyone for the continued suport as Chicago Crucible continues to grow.


June 2, 2011 - Chicago Crucible has increased its capacity with a new 300 lbs bronze or 100 lbs aluminum tilt furnace. 

October 29, 2010 - Red Gate Studios hosts its official studio opening. Demonstration bronze pour presented by Chicago Crucible, gallery show of work by resident artists at Red Gate, and more!

July 1, 2010 - We've Moved! Chicago Crucible is now operating in collaboration with the artists of Red Gate Studios located at 2149 N Talman Ave on Chicago's north west side.

March 28, 2010 - Second run of an experimental propane fired "cokeless" cupola blast furnace. This test of a modified cupola to operate without the use of coke as fuel produced quality molten iron for use in casting. The furnace functioned in a comparable time frame to the conventional process but with significantly less emissions. Fine tuning is still require, this experiment is on going. 


November 14, 2009
- Iron pour extravaganza featuring cupola blast furnace "Fe Fe der Vander Phoenix". Scratch block sand molds for sale. Art casting event and spectacle. Spectators welcome!


September 26, 2009 - First annual Oregon, IL iron pour in conjunction with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago sculpture department foundry. Three cupola blast furnaces operated by local artists including Chicago Crucible director Lloyd Mandelbaum cast student art work in a ring of fire!

Photo by: Misty Briesmeister

July 25, 2009
- First run of experimental propane fired "cokeless" cupola blast furnace. This was a test of a modified cupola to run solely on propane with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint of iron art casting.
This project is ongoing.

Photo by: Misty Briesmeister