Luted Crucible Workshop


Materials Fee $35

2 day workshop: 6/22 & 6/23 from 12pm – 5pm

FREE – Process Demonstration 6/19 from 5:30 – 6:30

Blend the new and the old by combining 3d printing with a 10th century lost wax casting methodology. The Luted Crucible technique, which enables the casting of metal objects anywhere a few natural materials can be collected, is a pre-Industrial Age lost wax casting process and 3d printing is about as modern as you get for object creation. Quite the juxtaposition!

This 2 day workshop spans the weekend of June 22-23 at Make Santa Fe. Piers Watson will lead you in transforming your 3d printed object into bronze using the Luted Crucible casting process.

*Contact to select your 3d printed object!

During the casting portion of the workshop attendees will participate in the following activities:

  • Cover 3d printed objects with initial investment layer of clay/sand
  • Create crucibles out of clay and rice husks
  • Mix copper and tin for the crucibles and join or “lute” the molds to the crucibles
  • Apply final layer of refractory material to luted crucibles
  • Cast your 3d object in bronze in an all-day casting session using one of Make Santa Fe’s unique, superior quality, custom made, on site charcoal fired furnaces

About the Instructor:

Piers Watson apprenticed  in 2008 and again in 2012 with hereditary indigenous metal casters in India to learn the Luted Crucible technique. Since 2013, through partnerships with museums, galleries, universities, and arts centers, Watson has presented workshops, demonstrations and lectures in six countries and in four languages.

In 2015 Watson self-published “The Luted Crucible, a Pre-Industrial Method of Metal Casting”. Originally from Santa Fe, Watson received a BFA in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute and an MA in Design for Interactive Media from Middlesex University in London, England.

You can learn more about Piers, see photos of his international workshops, and dig into the process at: