National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Birmingham, Alabama
March 31 - April 3, 2021

Due to the current pandemic, the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (NCCCIAP) will be held virtually in 2021, but we look forward to supplementing and deepening these remote sessions around our 2021 theme, Lived Histories/Imagined Futures.  As a guiding framework for engaging the lived histories and future possibilities of cast iron, we will draw from our shared archive, the Pig Iron Rough Notes, and we will produce a new volume of the Rough Notes with contributions from conference participants. 

Workshops are offered to allow production and instruction in processes that may be unavailable or unfamiliar to attendees. Proposals for workshops must include an objective and/or overall goal of the workshop. They should also specify materials suitable for shipping and/or for at-home use, cost per workshop attendee, and the maximum number of workshop attendees. Workshops will be held live during the week of the conference for interaction between workshop attendees and instructors. However, you are welcome to include booklets and pre-recordings as a part of your workshop.


We understand that virtual learning is a challenge for all of us, but we encourage creativity and personalization. Workshops can include skills beyond traditional metal casting. 


Be sure to keep in mind this year’s theme: Pig Iron Rough Notes: Lived History/Imagined Futures   


SUBMISSIONS DUE: November 13, 2020


Notification of acceptance by January 15, 2021

Please submit proposals for workshops to:




  • Name of Instructor(s) 

  • Affiliation

  • Address 

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Workshop name 

  • Maximum number of participants

  • Cost per workshop attendee

  • Required materials- Please be specific

  • Workshop Summary- (250 words max)



Please note the following questions are meant to inform the steering committee and do not diminish your chances of leading or assisting in a workshop.


  • Do you have access to Wifi?   ____Yes   _____No

  • Do you have the ability to record?  ____Yes   _____No

  • Do you have a tripod?  ____Yes   _____No

  • Do you have a well-lit functional space? ____Yes   _____No


Attach any additional documents detailing the workshop you wish to instruct.

Please submit proposals for a virtual workshop with current resume/CV to:

Contact, Gabrielle Dinger and Gabrielle Egnater at: with questions or concerns.

More information about the NCCCIAP is available online: