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Crafting bronze bowls in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail CO, Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Symposium and Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) are pairing up to give residents and guests the opportunity to decorate their own bronze bowls with the guidance of professional artist Mark Guilbeau. The Bronze Bowl Workshop will take place at Donovan Pavilion from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The public is invited to come to the International Bridge in Vail, the site of a temporary outdoor foundry, and watch as the bowls are cast in a fiery display of molten metal from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Bronze is an expensive metal. Therefore not many people have had the opportunity to experiment with the medium.

“I am looking forward to giving people the opportunity to make their own bronze works,” said Guilbeau.

Educating the public about the process that produces many of the products used every day is the reason Guilbeau started SPH ARTFunctions and why he travels the country giving iron casting performances.

“The industrial process uses molds and produces multiples, but the items made in workshops are much more special and rare,” he said.

Vail’s first metal sculpture workshop, hosted by Vail Symposium, took place last winter. Participants got to make figures using the lost wax process and then could look on as the sculptures were cast in iron. A summer workshop followed in which attendees produced original and beautifully decorated bronze bells. Participants who worked with sand molds clamored for more. Bowls were chosen this season for variety and because they are easily displayed and functional.

Anyone can decorate a bowl. Workshop participants will scratch original designs and impressions into pre-shaped, sand-based molds. The resulting bowls will be 5 inches in diameter and one-of-a-kind.

“It is a fun and rewarding experience for all ages, and provides a singular and memorable activity for families,” said Vail Symposium’s Vicky Lee.

All materials are provided by the artists. However, participants may want to bring some design ideas with them.

Reservations for the workshop are strongly recommended. The evening metal pours are free. Come enjoy the spectacle.

What: Bowl-making workshop led by Mark Guilbeau

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Donovan Pavilion, Vail

Cost: $25 adults/$10 accompanied children under 18. Everyone will make a 5-inch bronze bowl

More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit Reservations strongly recommended.

What: Metal pouring demonstration. The bowls carved earlier in the day will be cast.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: International Bridge, Vail

Cost: Free.

More information: Call Art in Public Places at 970-479-2344.

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