Meet The Foundry Department Head: Ivan Berejkoff
Ivan has accumulated talents in a broad range of craft processes. The drive to seek out these skills has roots in his desire to be a better metal caster, as an understanding in a variety of materials can serve all steps involved in the process such as mold pattern making, furnace operation, metal finishing, and equipment fabrication. In addition to completing an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in sculpture and earning vocational diplomas in industrial maintenance, machining, and welding technologies, he has also received journey-level recognition as a Foundry Patternmaker from the California Department of Industrial Relations and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). These experiences have provided him with well-rounded knowledge in many building materials and tools that he has used to contribute to studio operations, manufacturing, and industrial arts faculty roles.
While Ivan continues his efforts towards the unobtainable goal of knowing everything, he also can be found slowly picking away at whatever sculpture he has in the works, fitnessing, or making time to do nothing.