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Ever wish that all of the 3″ tall plastic figurines you printed on a 3D printer could be somehow more? Maybe you have a small carving that you really want to get made into bronze? Piers Watson is coming to MAKE to show us all how to cast our 3D prints! You don’t actually need a foundry, a staff of 10, and a bunch of money to accomplish this feat, and Watson is going to show us how.

As an added bonus, participants in this class get the chance to sign up for a free 3D scan by Process Art Studio, taking place at MAKE December 14 12pm-5pm. Furthermore, the 3D printing class on December 14th from 5-8 is all about getting your print ready for the 22nd. And Finally, hear Watson speak about the process during his community Demo on December 8 from 12:30-2pm where he will demonstrate a pour.

The Luted Crucible technique enables the casting of metal objects anywhere a few simple natural materials can be collected. A pre-Industrial Age lost wax casting process dating from the 10th century, the method is still in used in parts of India and West Africa but is almost unknown in Europe and America. Due to its efficiency, economy, and low health risk it has great potential for small-scale casting, exploration, and experimentation.

During this workshop participants create a small sculpture in bronze using the Luted Crucible casting process, becoming familiar with the details of the method, the nature of the materials, and the nuances of the technique. The workshop takes place over two full days, December 22 – 23.

Create 3D printed objects beforehand to use for this process.

  • Create crucibles and cover molds with initial refractory layer of clay/rice husk
  • Prepare metal and join or “lute” the molds to the crucibles
  • Apply final layer of refractory clay to luted crucibles, “Bastar Metal Casters” presentation
  • Participate in all-day casting session

The course is open to artists, art students, and members of the community who have an interest in learning a metal casting process. Due to safety issues related to the furnace temperature, participants must be at least 15 years of age.

About the Instructor:

Piers Watson has taught the Luted Crucible technique of metal casting at the Kansas City Art Institute as well as The Institute of Making in London, England and Dartmoor Arts in Devon, England. He was Visiting Artist at New Mexico School for the Arts in Spring 2016. A native Santa Fean, he holds a Masters from Middlesex University, London and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. His research into metal casting lead him to India in 2008 and again in 2012 where he lived with hereditary tribal metal casters. As an artist he exhibits his work in Europe and the USA.
Past Dates
Aug 16, 2016 - Aug 20, 2016 at Multi-day Event