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Beloved Annual Iron Pour and Forge Fest in Downtown Reading

by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Beloved Annual Iron Pour and Forge Fest in Downtown Reading

Admission-free event with art, food, entertainment, axe throwing, and 3,000 degree molten metal.

GoggleWorks invites the community to its annual Iron Pour and Forge Fest on Saturday, April 27. Partnering with Albright College and PA Artist Blacksmiths’ Association, this free event showcases the fascinating world of metalworking, combining artistry, entertainment, and hands-on learning in a celebration that attracts up to 1,000 attendees. Throughout the day, expect various activities for adults and kids, ensuring a day filled with fun and entertainment for all.

Iron Pour and Forge Festival
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts – 201 Washington St., Reading
Saturday, April 27
Forge Fest begins at 12 p.m.
Iron Pour begins at 6:30 p.m.

Starting at noon, attendees will get to experience Forge Fest, highlighting the art of blacksmithing. Live blacksmithing demonstrations by the PA Artist Blacksmiths’ Association offer insights into the skill and precision required in metalworking. Watch as metal is heated and shaped with hammer and fire, blending artistry with physical strength. Experience the brute force and delicate touch necessary to make this amazing work.

Along with the free demos, GoggleWorks will also be offering two new paid workshops where festival goers will be able to show their creativity and make a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Info about these workshops can be found at www.goggleworks.org/iron-pour.

“We’re excited to be expanding our workshops this year! You’ll be able to get hands-on with different types of metals, joining our artist-instructors to make your own pewter poured figurine or an enamel pendant,” said Emily Thiel, GoggleWorks Programs Manager. “Both workshops give you an experience with metal that you can take home with you! You can sign up on GoggleWorks’ website or at the event.”

Food enthusiasts can indulge in a variety of flavors offered by food trucks Munchiez and Bapanada, enjoy craft beers from Saucony Creek, and savor treats from Sugar & Sweets by Ami. Adding an exciting twist to this year’s festival, GoggleWorks introduces Splitting Edge Axe Throwing. Participants are invited to experience axe throwing with a small suggested donation, available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The festivities will further escalate at 4 p.m. with live music by local bands, setting an energetic atmosphere leading up to the main highlight – the iron pour.

As the sun sets, attendees will cap off an amazing evening right with an exciting display as 2,000 pounds of iron is heated to 3,000 degrees and the molten metal is tapped for pouring. Attendees will witness the mesmerizing process of molten iron being shaped into art. This spectacle will send sparks flying under the night sky, a beautiful visual that keeps attendees visiting each year.

The event is a cornerstone of GoggleWorks’ mission to transform lives through unique interactions with art. It involves repurposing old iron into new artworks, demonstrating the transformation of recycled materials into something beautiful and enduring. Albright College and artist-professor Brian Glaze contribute to this unique educational spectacle by providing a cupola furnace for melting the iron and demonstrating the process, making it a real-time collaborative learning experience.

“This has grown into a wonderful day of metal arts, starting from the simple beginnings of this collaboration between Albright College and GoggleWorks,” said Brian Glaze, Associate Professor of Sculpture/ Expanded Media at Albright College. “With the addition of new activities, food, and vendors, this is the best event I have poured iron at in my 20 years of doing this!”

Attendees have the chance to participate directly by creating their own molds, which are then filled with molten iron to form unique metal reliefs to take home. This opportunity underscores the event’s aim to demystify the artistic process and encourage participation from people of all ages.

The first 50 participants at the event will have the opportunity to purchase and prepare their own mold for the iron pour, making this a truly interactive and memorable experience.

Beyond the direct impact of the programming, the event is designed to activate and catalyze community development the neighborhood. The program is sponsored by Lindenwold Advisors, a company headquartered in downtown Reading. “One of the guiding principles of our firm is to support our community,” said Jim King, President and CIO of Lindenwold Advisors, a local investment firm that provides disciplined investment solutions to individuals, families, and institutions. “As a sponsor for the GoggleWorks, we can help further their work to enhance the lives of area residents through art, education, and entertainment for all ages.”

Visit goggleworks.org/iron-pour to learn more, sign up for workshops, and RSVP.