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Visitors Can Work With Iron, Glass at Event Tomorrow in Rankin

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
September 02, 2016
Posted in: Announcements

Adam Taylor photo, submitted by Rivers of Steel Arts

A family-friendly event Saturday afternoon in Rankin will allow adults and kids to create art and learn how metal and glass are made.

The second-annual Festival of Combustion is being held from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site near the Rankin Bridge.

Children and teen-agers 18 and under are admitted free. Adult tickets are $15 and are available at Showclix.com.

Spokeswoman Stacy Drane said visitors will get to experience "hot art making processes" with booths dedicated to glass flame working, Raku ceramics, metal fabrication, aluminum casting and cast iron.

In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Glass Center, visitors will be able to design their own glass mosaic, while at another station, Drane said, TON Pottery will help attendees create ceramic pottery.

Molten iron also will be created and poured into molds by Carrie Furnace volunteers. In addition, Techshop Pittsburgh will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing skills, while Beaver County-based Economy Welding will offer educational information about modern careers in metal working.

Music will be provided by The Bessemers and DJ Dave Zak, while local food vendors will include Iron Oven Catering, Voodoo Food Truck, and Wings and a Prayer from Swissvale.

The Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site is part of the former blast furnace complex for the U.S. Steel Homestead Works. The two remaining blast furnaces and site are managed by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area whose mission is to preserve, promote, and interpret the region's industrial legacy.

The Festival of Combustion is a ticketed event with proceeds benefiting the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and Rivers of Steel Arts.

For more information, visit the website at http://rosarts.org/event/festival-of-combustion-2016/

Originally published September 02, 2016.

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