Sand Casting with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Technics   Making  /  09 Nov 2018  -  11 Nov 2018
Published: 02.08.2018
Casting result..
Casting result.

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In this class, students will be introduced to a great way for doing direct sand-type casts of small objects using a special sand-clay mixture. Demos will be done using original antique buttons or models of pre-hispanic style Mexican bells. In addition to re-creating already existing objects through direct impressions, students will create some unique molds of their own using simple wood carving techniques.
Students will take home some great work, and come to understand how this versatile technique can be used to quickly and easily reproduce in metal a very wide variety of objects on a small scale. This is a great class for anyone that has an interest in casting but does not want to work with the mess of investment or expensive casting machinery.
The materials list will be sent to students upon registration.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-17:00 h.
Course Price: $480 + Materials Fee (€ 415 approx).
Language: Workshop taught in English or Spanish.


Mexico based artist Jesse Bert holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RIT in New York, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from ECU in North Carolina. 3 years spent as an apprentice in a tool and die shop before beginning university gave Jesse a strong interest and appreciation for fine handmade tools, which he now uses to embellish his work with delicate texture and design. Over the past 12 years, Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his own studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, as well as annual workshops in other cities around the world. Jesse is also an adjunct professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in the city of Guadalajara. With annual participation in exhibitions, some recent venues include: Tienda Q, Oaxaca City, Mexico; Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco; Alchemy 925, Massachusetts; The Palace of Iturbide, Mexico City; The Amber Fair Legnica, Poland; Inhorgenta Fair Munich, Germany; Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; The Museum of Art and Design, NYC. In 2014 he was invited to participate as a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program.


Jesse Bert
Casting flask with molten metal..
Casting flask with molten metal.

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