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Forge: Ironhorse Forge



Long-time friends and University of Kentucky alumni Chris Casey and Tony Higdon describe how they founded Ironhorse Forge in Lexington to create one-of-a-kind functional iron pieces and sculpture. Casey demonstrates some of the techniques used at Ironhorse, which combine new technology with ancient methods to create high-quality metal furnishings and architectural elements.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about the artists’ methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the functional versus expressive purposes of art.
  • Use to trace the evolution of an ancient art form into a contemporary art form.
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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