Kasly city, The URALS
Nealy 250 years ago the Kasly Iron Works came into being in the
Urals. It is a remarkable art of iron casting that has made Kasly
Some idea of this small town can be obtained from official rerords
taken from the archives. The Kasly Iron Works was built in the
Ekaterinburg region at the Kasly-lake at a distance of 490 km from the
town of Perm and 130 km from Ekaterinburg. The settlement founded
around the factoty was rather large. It was most commercially
important. From 1751 the Demodovs, well-known Russian
Manufacturers, owned the works from 1809 it was in the possesion of the
The craftsmen cast gratings, iron utensils and furnature. By the 60s-70s
of the 18-th century the high-quality artistic casting from Kasly left
behind similar products from many Ural factories and other works of
the country. This production brought Kasly its famein Russia as well
throughout the world.
In 1860 the Kasly works won the first award-the Small Gold Medal of
the Free-Economic Society. In a year-the Small Silver medal at the
Manufacture Exhibition in St.Petersburg. A few years passed-Honorary
diplomas, Silver and Gold Medals at the World Exhibition in
Paris, Vienna, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Stockholm and again Paris.
The properties of iron available for casting objects of applied art
differ from those for the parts of machines. It is important for a
worker casting a round sculpture to feel in details the outlines of it
whatever complicated it is. The Kasly iron meets all the requirements.
Many specialists of applied art such as moulders, casters. Chasers spent
much time working ar iron sculpture. Their lives were quite
different, individual, and only the love for their handicraft got them
together. It is difficult for you to believe that the objects at the
exhibition were cast of heavy-weight metal.
The Kasly Craftsmen created not only compositions, portraits and
statues but many other things. They cast a great number of tracery
caskets, ash-trays, vases, candlesticks, and other objects which were the
fine supplement of the interior. A great many of architectural
castings, various book-stands, iron dor stoves, manifold fire-places, park
furnature were produced at the Kasly works.
In recent years the production of the Kasly Works are purchased in the
USA, Great Britain, Spain, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and other countries.
You will see all iron-cast masterpieces if you come either to
Ekaterinburg and visit the Town Museum, or to Kasly and visit the
Regional Study Museum.
WELCOME TO GET ACQUAINTED with the KASLY IRON CASTING.