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Virtual Workshops & Community Aluminium pour

 Back for another year of fiery fun Olbrich Botanical Gardens and FeLion Studios team up to offer a variety of virtual sand mold workshops followed by a live stream aluminium pour!

Sand Mold 'Scratch Tile' Workshops

Olbrich Gardens will host two virtual scratch tile workshops in January lead by artist and owner of FeLion Studios, Alisa Toninato.

Sand mold 'scratch tiles' are a pre-made, water-based resin bonded sand mold with a shape: hearts - square - tessellation - embossed into them, ready for you to design and carve into with your own ideas. During the pour aluminum will flow into your carved sand design and fill in all the details to reveal a one-of-a-kind iron casting that you made from scratch!

Supplies available for pick-up at Olbrich Botanical Gardens starting January 19, daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Scratch Tile Mold Examples

Sand Mold 'Scratch Tile' Workshop Dates

  • Friday, January 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 24, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

$55 / $45 Olbrich Member


Scratch Tile Examples

Register HERE!

Registration Deadline: January 19


Clay Mold Workshops

FeLion Studio will host three virtual clay molding workshops lead by artist and owner of FeLion Studios, Alisa Toninato. Take a deeper dive and make a one-sided relief sculpture in clay - open to beginners and professionals. This class is ALL. ABOUT. TEXTURE. Designs are constructed within an area measuring 8in x 8in x 2in. Clay kits for this class include:

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  • 2 lbs of modeling clay

  • measurement jig to keep your model dimensions sized for the sand molding boxes

  • bottom board to help you layout your design and stay within the measurement limits.

  • Sculpting tools: FeLion’s favorite choice of springs, a section of threaded rod, 2 wooden carving tools, clay scraper

  • sheet of tracing paper

  • *optional 1 specialty texturing tool from MKM Pottery Tools.

Additional Workshop Information

Clay kits available for pick-up at Olbrich Botanical Gardens starting January 19, daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


clay model examples

Clay Modeling Workshop Dates

  • Saturday, January 23, 2021, noon-3pm

  • Sunday, January 31, 2021, noon-3pm

  • Saturday, February 6, 2021, noon-3pm

$210 per person

Register HERE!


2021 Pour'n yer heart out Event

Live Stream from FeLion Studios

Saturday, February 20

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Aluminium Pour PhotoFeLion Studios and Olbrich Botanical Gardens are excited to continue to deliver a spectacular spectacle of hot metal at the 12th annual Pour'n Yer Heart Out community event! There will be a few changes - most notably a switch to pouring aluminum in place of pouring iron. This decision comes out of the importance to keep our community and network of artisans safe!

With aluminum, we will be able to pour a similar volume of molds that we have done at past iron pours, and it won’t require over 50+ artisans to run the iron furnace. With a smaller crew the aluminium pour can safely happen at FeLion Studios HQ without moving the whole operation offsite, as restrictions to gather are still limited in Dane County, due to Covid-19. Needless to say, we still love iron the most, but a walk onto the light side with aluminum has lots of fun new opportunities that come with it.

Finished artwork (scratch tiles & clay models) will be available for pick at Olbrich Botanical Gardens starting March 1.

Stay tuned for more details!


Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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