This was my 3rd visit to Shidoni Foundry but the first time I got to see a pour. They have pours on Saturdays, usually at 1:00, 2:45 and 4:00p. When you enter the compound there are 2 sculpture gardens. As you enter the building there is a gallery of sculptures which are available for purchase (as well as a public bathroom--to respond to an earlier review by someone). We arrived ahead of the 1:00p pour and I chatted with the lady in the gallery about a VHS tape they had many years ago that you could watch in the break room if you were visiting on a day when there was no pour. They no longer had the video available but while we were viewing the pour she graciously searched the internet to find it--it can be now be purchased as a DVD or just viewed on the KNME TV website (I highly recommend you view this video.) The video was produced for a tv show called Colores! Anyway, to view the pour, it now costs $5 but is still well worth it. I highly recommend earplugs! They do have viewing areas but it would be hard for young children to see it or appreciate it. It takes three men to handle the process of the pour.
Prior to the pour we were allowed to walk through the artists' areas where they were working on the sculptures/polishing, through the wax room, etc. It is amazing how they put together the huge bronze sculptures you might see in a park. It doesn't take long to walk through the galleries and foundry, but the actual pour demo took about 30 mins. So, it's an easy attraction to fit into your sightseeing schedule.