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Introduction to Luted Crucible Casting

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Introduction to Luted Crucible Casting
Piers Watson
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$400 plus $35 Materials Fee
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Workshop Overview

Learn how to cast metal using natural materials while developing your artistic skills. We will create beeswax models, build clay molds and form clay crucibles- the vessels that have been used since antiquity to transform copper and tin into bronze. Connecting the molds to the crucibles to form Luted Crucibles, we heat them to over 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, magically transforming our ephemeral wax models into timeless bronze objects. We discuss environmental awareness of recognizing, honoring and making use of uniformity in the natural world and how that helps us reconnect to the beauty of the natural environment.

About the Instructor(s)

Artist Piers Watson practices, teaches, researches and writes about the Luted Crucible technique, a lost-wax process in which the mold is attached to the crucible. In 2008 and 2012 Watson apprenticed with hereditary, indigenous metal casters in rural India. Working with museums, galleries, universities and arts centers, Watson has taught thirty seven workshops in six countries and four languages. In 2015 Watson self-published The Luted Crucible, a Pre-Industrial Method of Metal Casting, all copies of which have been sold. Originally from Bozeman, Montana Watson divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and the south of France.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Phone and sketchbook for documentation and note taking

• Small pocket knife

• Bring sketches of ideas if possible


• Wax working tools

• Small pointed wooden or bamboo clay tools

• Rotary tool and attachments (Dremel, Foredom etc.)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


• All materials for casting are provided by the instructor

• Beeswax

• Sand

• Clay

• Rice husks

• Copper

• Tin

• Charcoal

• Some metal working tools such as files will be provided but these will be somewhat limited

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