About The Festival of Combustion

Every Labor Day weekend Molten metal returns to the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark for a Festival of Combustion!  This exciting family-friendly event highlights all HOT art making processes with booths dedicated to glass flame working, Raku ceramics, metal fabrication, aluminum casting and cast iron! Attendees can expect a day filled with LIVE music, LOCAL eats, HOT art and COOL treats! The Festival of Combustion features a variety of hands-on opportunities for kids and adults to create their own unique piece of HOT art. Design your own glass mosaic with help from the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Watch the furnace team from RoSA cast molten iron and fire your own ceramic piece with Pittsburgh’s TON Pottery. Learn about all of these historic processes at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark where each furnace (6 & 7) within the current NHL site – could produce up to 1250 tons of iron a day.  Mobile Sculpture Workshop offers live welding and metal fabrication demonstrations.

The Festival of Combustion 2017 also features live music from Pittsburgh rockers The Seams!.  Local vendors include Iron Oven Catering and Swissvale’s Wings and a Prayer and cold local brew from festival co-sponsor Voodoo Brewing.

The Festival of Combustion is a ticketed event with proceeds benefiting the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and Rivers of Steel Arts.  Tickets are available online for just $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.  Attendees can create their own unique piece of HOT art through a choice of hands on workshops, listen to great local music and enjoy a range of creative demonstrations.  The Festival of Combustion is perfect for all ages and kids under 18 get in free!

Festival of Combustion 2016


FoC 2017
Saturday September 2nd, 2017
12:00pm – 7:00pm
All Ages Welcome

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2017 Sponsors:

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2017 Partners:

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