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CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity's Most Transformational Process

Featuring exquisite photos of 800 contemporary and historic works, this first-of-its-kind book reveals how the process of casting - forming a material into a mold - has transformed our world through its history and omnipresence. In these image-rich pages, craft, fine art, design, and everyday objects offer us perspectives on casting’s unique possibilities, its place in history, and its role in contemporary object creation.

Comprehensive and insightful, the book includes writings on casting as it relates to Art History (by Suzanne Ramljak), Ceramics (by Ezra Shales, PhD), Glass (by Susie Silbert), Large Metal (by Joseph Antenucci Becherer, PhD), Jewelry (by Jen Townsend), and Alternative Materials (by Elaine King). A multi-disciplinary approach―including everything from traditional lost wax casting in non-ferrous metals to casting rubber, glass, porcelain, plaster, and some very unexpected materials―makes this an essential resource for artists, craftspeople, historians, designers, and everyone interested in the objects that populate our world.

A Peek Inside

One of the most exciting parts of CAST is the image pairings. This mélange of media and approaches was thoughtfully designed to pique curiosity and foster new ways of thinking about casting and how things are made, from classical bronzes to kitchen sinks and plastic monobloc chairs to wedding bands. Enjoy this preview.

 
 
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Authors surrounded by cast objects with Annie, the cat. Many thanks to Natalie Sinisgalli Photography for taking a photo that so perfectly captures the spirit of Cast.

Authors surrounded by cast objects with Annie, the cat. Many thanks to Natalie Sinisgalli Photography for taking a photo that so perfectly captures the spirit of Cast.

 

 

A moment from the writing process: Renée with thumbnail images, outline, and Khufu, casting enthusiast.

A moment from the writing process: Renée with thumbnail images, outline, and Khufu, casting enthusiast.

Back of dust jacket. Top Detail: Bas relief bull from the Ishtar Gate. Photo: © Josep Renalias, Pergamon Museum, Berlin / Wikimedia Commons / CC by 3.0. Center Right: David Giulietti, Moon Curve Earrings, 2014. Sterling silver, 18K, 22K, diamonds, moonstone, 3" × 1.4" × 0.38". Photo: Hap Sakwa. Bottom Left: Cup Plate, Boston and Sandwich Glass Factory, ca. 1830s. Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA, pressed sapphire glass, 3.5". Courtesy of LACMA, Gift of the Reverend W. Daniel Quattlebaum in memory of Edith Brockett Quattlebaum, www.lacma.org, LACMA public domain.

Back of dust jacket.

Top Detail: Bas relief bull from the Ishtar Gate. Photo: © Josep Renalias, Pergamon Museum, Berlin / Wikimedia Commons / CC by 3.0.

Center Right: David Giulietti, Moon Curve Earrings, 2014. Sterling silver, 18K, 22K, diamonds, moonstone, 3" × 1.4" × 0.38". Photo: Hap Sakwa.

Bottom Left: Cup Plate, Boston and Sandwich Glass Factory, ca. 1830s. Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA, pressed sapphire glass, 3.5". Courtesy of LACMA, Gift of the Reverend W. Daniel Quattlebaum in memory of Edith Brockett Quattlebaum, www.lacma.org, LACMA public domain.