I Cast Iron Because...

Saugus Iron Works partnered with students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) and Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture, Marjee-Anne Levine, to create this special online presentation, “I Cast Iron Because…”

The featured artists are members of the MassArt Iron Corps, a student-run group dedicated to the art and practice of casting iron. The gallery features unique metal sculptures, artist statements, and self-made video profiles of each artist.

Check out the MassArt Iron Corps artists to learn more about them, their art, and why they cast iron!

A cast iron fireback hung on fireplace meant to protect bricks from heat.

Curator's Statement

The most decorative objects produced at Saugus Iron Works in the mid-17th century were the firebacks mounted on the back of a fireplace.

Cast iron in the form of gloves with the words

Ezekiel Moriarty

I cast iron for the aftermath.

Cast iron children's life jacket

Bridget Mara-Williams

I cast iron for what it communicates.

Cast iron squares in a series with train tracks connecting each of them

Sophia DiLibero

I cast iron to keep my hands dirty and to remind myself that good things come from hard work.

Cast iron plaque with the words

Sara Giordano

I cast iron because it’s not precious.

Cast iron plaque with the words

Erica Hayes

I cast iron for the fierce, wild stillness.

Cast iron artwork depicting a radiator.

Josephine Wermuth

I cast iron because it’s constructive destruction.

Cast iron art with the text

Katie Henson

I cast iron for the unique process and the amazing community that surrounds it.

Cast iron potatoes of different color and type

Olivia Curtis

I cast iron because it’s one more way to navigate the world.

Circular cast iron plaque with the words

Molly Harrington

I cast iron because it makes me feel like part of a whole.

Several people wearing hard hats and facial shields surround a metal block.

MassArt Iron Corps

The MassArt Iron Corps brings people together in the spirit of teamwork, problem solving, and cross-creativity.

Forge waterwheel with Saugus River in background

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Last updated: August 12, 2021

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