Jewelry Casting – S0908

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Sculpture

Jim Cotter

DATES: July 27 – 31, 2015

SKILL LEVEL: Open to all

CONCEPT: Jim Cotter is the master of combing popular culture and everyday flotsam to create modern jewelry. Using model car and airplane kits, students are introduced to casting techniques while making their own creative jewelry pieces. During the class, students construct small, intricate pieces in bronze, sterling silver, and aluminum using both vacuum and centrifugal casting.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students learn model making, wax working, spruing, investing, centrifugal casting, vacuum casting and finishing. We work with plastic and Styrofoam model parts, wax, sterling silver or bronze and aluminum. We cover as much as we can in a one-week period.

ACTIVITIES: We learn through instructor demonstrations that further the development of concepts and facilitate a better understanding of pattern generation and the casting process. The workshop focuses on developing patterns for investment casting and metal finishing. Generous studio time is emphasized.

FACULTY: Jim Cotter has been a pioneer of alternative materials since the 1970s, applying the use of casting in many ways by creating contemporary jewelry, hollowware and sculpture. Concrete has been a prominent material in Jim’s artistic work. Jim is a gallerist and jeweler living in Vail, CO.

Tuition:  $875 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1075
Studio Fee: $95

Workshop Registration begins January 2, 2015

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