"Lost and Found: Moldmaking for Kiln Cast Glass" with Debra Ruzinsky, August 3-5, 2018, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN

Debra Ruzinsky, August 3-5, 2018, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN

Learn to transform small found objects into glass castings by using the lost wax process. Tackle the basics of making rubber molds. Discuss undercuts, multipart moldmaking, and casting challenges. Learn the variety of materials available and decide which materials are best in different situations (silicones, urethanes, alginate.) Make refractory molds from wax shapes. Finished glass castings will be shipped to students or picked up after firing completes.

$300 All skill levels welcome

Cuttlefish Casting with Barbara Mann at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC, July 21, 2018

Barbara Mann, one of our CAST contributors, will be teaching a one-day cuttlefish casting workshop on July 21 at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in Greenville, SC.

This ancient and fascinating approach to casting. Cuttlefish casting creates a beautiful woodgrain-esque surface on metal and is a direct and satisfying way to cast metal at a jewelry scale.

"Culling the Sand: Site, Place and Identity" with Demitra Thomloudis August 12-18, 2018 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee

Demitra Thomloudis, one of our contributing artists, will be teaching "Culling the Sand: Site, Place and Identity" at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts August 12-18. Demi is a pioneer of interesting casting techniques for jewelry, including her ingenious use of cement. This class will include moldmaking and plastic casting for jewelry.

Workshop Report: "Jewelry Narratives: Collecting to Casting" at Penland with Mary Hallam Pearse (June 10-22, 2018)

This is the halfway point reporting on Mary Hallam Pearse’s class at the Penland School of Crafts. So far, the class has done plaster moldmaking, centrifugal casting, and induction vacuum casting. They've worked with carving wax, investment core casting to create hollow forms, patty cake silicone molds and water soluble wax for investment cores.