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2022 Pour'n Yer Heart Out Event

Community iron pour Event

Saturday, February 19

FeLion Studios Logo12 - 4 p.m.

Exact timing of the pour is subject to change.

FREE & open to the public

Back for another year of fiery fun Olbrich Botanical Gardens and FeLion Studios team up to offer sand mold workshops followed by an in-person iron pour outdoors on the Great Lawn at the Gardens!

Artists, students, workshop participants, and professionals of all backgrounds come together with the common goal of creating hundreds of unique art works made by their hands and cast in the spectacular medium of molten iron during the coldest time of year!

Lead by Alisa Toninato, artist/ FeLion Studios owner, the FeLion crew will facilitate the 13th annual Pour'n Yer Heart Out event at the Gardens while spectators enjoy the sparks from a designated safety area.

This spectacular display of mold iron will be the hottest winter experience in town!


Sand mold workshop opportunities

Olbrich Gardens and FeLion Studios partner to offer community workshops for every skill level starting in January 2022. Workshops are a fun & inspiring way to bounce ideas off of the FeLion team, meet other community participants, and socialize while you make something incredibly unique with your hands.

Get social & make something awesome with us!

Scratch Tile Examples



Take-home scratch tiles

Starting Wednesday, January 12 - while supplies last

Wanna do-it-yourself? A variety of different pre-formed sand mold blanks are available for purchase to take home and work on at your leisure before the day of the iron pour event.

  • Available for purchase at Olbrich Gardens, daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • (4) mold template options - Hearts - Square - Tessellation - Hexagon (not pictured)
    • subject to current availability upon arrival at the Gardens
  • Heart, Square, and Tessellation tiles - $40 per tile + tax
  • Hexagon shaped tile - $50 per tile + tax
  • Pay onsite at the Gardens in Olbrich’s gift shop when picking up tile
  • Tiles must be returned to Olbrich Botanical Gardens by Wednesday, February 16 for prep before the pour
  • Please take a photo of your finished scratch tile for identification purposes at the pick up, post pour.

Scratch Tile Molds


Guided Scratch Tile Workshop

Tuesday, February 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Engage in learning creative approaches and various techniques to carving your sand mold for a beautifully unique iron relief casting. A demonstration by instructor Alisa Toninato followed by a Q&A will provide helpful tips for carving your design.

  • $64 per person
  • Advanced registration required - Register HERE
  • Location: Olbrich’s Learning Center
  • Please take a photo of your finished scratch tile for identification purposes at the pick up, post pour.


Scratch Tile - Carve onsite on Pour Day

Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  - Pour begins at noon

  • $50 per person - basic carving tools provided
  • Open to the public – no advanced registration required
  • First come, first serve - Limited quantity (40-50 total)
  • Tips & Tricks technique worksheets provided - no in-person instruction
  • Location: Evjue Commons
  • Please take a photo of your finished scratch tile for identification purposes at the pick up, post pour.

Clay Mold Examples




Family Clay Workshop

Friday, January 21, 12-2 p.m.

Join us for a unique opportunity to make your own cast iron art using soft oil clay and cookie cutters! Learn how to work with oil clay using rolling pins, clay sculpting tools and cookie cutters to create a unique design.

  • $45 per person - All supplies provided
  • Advanced registration required - Register HERE
  • Parent/child pair count as one participant - one final piece of art work
  • Location: Olbrich’s Learning Center

Clay Workshop

Friday, January 28 - 4:30 - 8:30pm

Saturday, January 29 - 11am- 3pm

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to make a detailed cast iron work of art! With guidance from Alisa Toninato, artist and owner of FeLion Studios, you will learn creative techniques and craft a 7x7 inch relief sculpture mold using oil clay!

  • $85 per person
  • Advanced registration required
    • January 28 - Register HERE
    • January 29 - Register HERE
  • Location: Olbrich’s Learning Center

Once your clay sculpting is complete, FeLion Studios will create a sand mold around your design in preparation for your artwork to be cast into iron at the Pour'n Yer Heart Out Community Iron Pour event hosted at Olbrich Gardens on February 19!

Finshed Artwork pick-upS

Starting March 1, daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Both clay and scratch tile artwork will be available for pick at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in the lobby area.
  • Workshop participants will be asked to show a photo of the original sand mold (pre-pour) to identify their artwork at pick-up.
  • Please retrieved your artwork by March 20.


Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719