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The Little Pour on the Prairie 2020

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

*7th Annual Little Pour on the Prairie. Saturday, May 30, 2020. Volin, South Dakota. Contact Chris Meyer at Chris.Meyer@usd.edu OR message Christopher Meyer on Facebook for more information. https://www.usd.edu/the-south-dakotan/the-little-pour-on-the-prairie

“Sand Molds and Ceramic Shells will be made in the Sculpture Studio (room 171 in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts) at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD from May 26th to May 29th from 10AM – 10PM or so. Buy your own silica sand available from Herren-Schempp in Vermillion bring it in if you plan on making a sand mold. We use sodium silicate bonded sand, this means that patterns must not be moist or made from water clay as water breaks down sodium silica bonded molds. There will be a $5 material fee for every 100Lb. of sand mixed (for facilities and chemicals). Ceramic shells must be completed and ready to burn out by Friday May 29th, burn outs will begin as soon as Wed. There will be a $5 material fee every 1Lb. of shell produced at USD (for facilities and materials). Participants are welcome to bring prepared sand molds and ceramic shells to the pour. There will be a $5 fee to burn out unfired shells. There is also a metal fee of $0.50 per pound of iron cast used unless you’ve brought your own metal for your molds.

Come help break iron (EVERYONE MUST HELP BREAK IRON and the price goes down the more iron you break) May 26-29th at the sculpture studio.

Everything will need to be transported out to Chris Meyer’s farm at 30635 456th Ave. Volin, SD 57072. More trucks/trailers are very welcome.
On Saturday May 30th, we will start up the furnace(s) in the afternoon. Everyone should be out to the farm by 1pm, (3pm at the latest). Bring personal protective gear, there will be some protective equipment available if you would like to participate in the actual pouring but you must wear appropriate clothing and footwear underneath (natural fibers and leather boots-steel toed preferred). If you don’t want to pour come and hang out and enjoy the spectacle!

Participants are also able to camp at Chris’ farm for a small fee (bring a 5 gal buckets for charging – 1 bucket = 2 nights of camping). Bring a tent, camp chairs, your own beverages, snacks and food (there will be grills and a griddle to cook on) also safety gear if you’ve got it. There will be tacos or some sort of food for a small support fee the day of the pour. There will be a bonfire and plenty of good company and the beautiful Missouri River not far away to swim, float or fish.

Email or text Chris and let me know when you plan to arrive. Last year was the biggest Little Pour yet! Hope you can make it this year…go art something!

phone: if you’ve got it, YOU’VE got it.
email: Chris.Meyer@usd.edu
OR message Christopher Meyer on FB”


May 30
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm