Luted Crucible Workshop


Materials Fee$40

3 day workshop: 6/13, 6/22, 6/23
All days mandatory to attend
6/13 – 5:30 – 8pm
6/22 & 6/23 – 12pm – 5pm

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 3 day workshop spans 2 weekends in June at Make Santa Fe, beginning with a digital 3d sculpting session with instructor Edna Riley on 6/13 where you will learn the basics concepts of Fusion 360 software and design your own original digital file, which will then be 3d printed so you can cast it in bronze. 

During the weekend of 6/22 & 6/23, Piers Watson will lead you in transforming your 3d printed object into bronze using the Luted Crucible casting process.

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 Instructors:

Edna Riley is a 3D printing-based practitioner, who is well versed in both the rendering and production of small batch printing. Edna has developed her skills as a self-taught Fusion 360 operator, and approaches the software with the type of tenacity and rigor that she teaches.

Edna also teaches our ongoing Beginner Fusion 360 workshops if you would like to learn more about the software itself.

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:

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