Wed. Lost Wax Casting & More - Apr. 1–May 20
Learn the ancient skill of casting metal using the Lost Wax method of casting. Students will create their own Wax model or use a commercially available mold to make beautiful pieces of jewelry in silver, copper, or bronze. Learn to invest your model, use a burn out kiln, and use a vacuum casting machine to cast your piece. Instruction will be given on other forms of casting as well, such as broom casting, water casting, sand casting, and cuttlebone casting. Students will also be taught how to finish their piece(s) after it's cast, using various power tools and jewelry saws.
Dates: April 1–May 20 (8-weeks)
Time: 6 pm–9 pm
Instructor: Jan Harris Smith
Campus location: Fire Arts Building
Materials: $20 fee due the first day of class to the instructor (wax, investment, tools, acetylene, and equipment). Students are responsible for bringing their own metals to be used for casting as well as any commercial Wax molds they wish to use. The instructor will help students determine how much metal will be needed for casting. Supplies can be found through Rio Grande, or other online suppliers. No supplies needed for the first day of class.
Policy: Students must preregister to attend class. 72-hour notice required for class cancellation and refund.
Open Studio Time for Jewelry Students:
Saturdays 1 pm - 5 pm (except holiday weekends or otherwise noted by instructor)
For more information contact Jan Harris Smith: 360-713- 1004, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Harris Smith
Jan Harris Smith is an artist working primarily in glass and metal, creating dimensional art. Her art has been shown locally and she is a member of the Glass Arts Guild of Utah and Society of North American Goldsmith (SNAG).
Jan began working with metals in college, working with non-ferrous metals to create jewelry and other small objects. She has continued to work with metals since then, both as a hobby and a business.
In 2006, Jan began working with fused glass after completing a series of classes. She has since expanded her knowledge of glass and loves to explore reactive glass to create stones to set in her jewelry.
Jan has been teaching art classes to adults for the past 22 years. She has instructed classes in the community, art retreats and art centers and stores across the US and as far away as Australia. Jan also teaches at University of Utah Lifelong Learning and is founder and co-chairman of the Metal Arts Guild of Utah. Her art has been published in magazines and books and she has won awards for her work several times over the years.