Casting is the process of pouring a liquid material (hot or cold) into a hollow cavity mold that is the shape of the desired object. The cast material solidifies and the object is removed from the mold cavity. The molding process refers to laying a sheet of pliable material (hot or cold) over, or into, a form of the desired shape. The sheet material hardens and is removed from the form. The resulting cast or molded object can be a stand-alone piece, or joined to create an assembly. Both casting and molding processes rely on creating proper molds or forms.
Some benefits of casting and molding include: ease of creating multiples, ease of developing work otherwise difficult to directly fabricate, and ease of duplicating existing objects in another material.

Our 2,500 square foot Casting & Molding Department is outfitted for both hot and cold casting and molding processes as follows:

Foundry (Hot Casting):

  • Materials: Aluminum, Bronze, Other Low Melt Metals

  • Crucible Casting: #30 Crucible Propane Furnace (300 cu. in. volume per pour capacity = 30 lbs. Aluminum / 90 lbs. Bronze)

  • Centrifugal Casting Machine

  • Mold-Making Materials: Resin-Bonded Sand, Green Sand, Investment (for the lost wax or lost PLA process)

  • Burn-Out Kilns

  • Wax Steamer

Cold Casting:

  • Materials: Plaster, Concrete, Rubber, Resin

  • Mold-Making Materials: Alginate, Rubber, Plaster

Composite Molding:

  • Materials: Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass


  • Assortment of hand and power tools

  • Access to Metal Shop and Wood Shop during Class times, with Instructor Guidance

  • Access to Metal Shop and Wood Shop during Open Studio Access, with appropriate STUCs

  • Material and Supplies offered for purchase in Department Shop

  • Storage for Material, Supplies, and Projects in Department Shop

  • Chemical and Finishing Supply Storage

Become a Member of CIADC and receive discounted tuition and Studio Access rates!

Studio Access is work time outside of Class time, and available to all current Students and former Students.




Summer 2019 Adult Core Classes

June 24-September 1

Summer 2019 Teen Classes: Saturday Afternoons

A-Session: June 29-July 27; B-Session: August 3-August 31

Private Instruction


Summer 2019 Safety and Tool Use Certification

For Open Studio Access June 24-September 15