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Casting for Everyone

July 21 - 26, 2024

Jim Bové  ·  jimbove.com

Workshop at a glance

From lost wax to cuttle-bone, sand and stone casting, this course introduces each of these techniques.


  • Casting process
  • wax working
  • direct casting
  • mold making


  • Carving wax
  • sculpting wax
  • cuttle-bone
  • tuffa stone
  • sand casting
  • bronze
  • sterling silver (not provided)
  • silicone mold material
  • plaster
  • investment


  • Understanding the lost-wax casting process
  • Subtractive and additive wax working techniques
  • How to sprue and invest a wax model
  • Use of a vacuum or centrifugal casting setup
  • Gravity casting into a mold
  • Sawing, filing, cleanup and finishing techniques

Artist Bio

Jim Bové is an educator and artist living south of Pittsburgh. His formalist artwork tends toward the minimal and is informed through observations of the world around us. A recent residency to the far northern reaches of the Arctic Circle has been his inspiration for a new body of work which takes that vast landscape, filled with ice and sky, and interprets it into an intimate scale for the human body.

Jim’s work has been featured in books and magazines, including Cast Art and Objects: Humanities most Transformative Process, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, and Pioneers of American Craft. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Munich’s Schmuck, the Royal Museum in Tokyo, and at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. He teaches workshops in the US and abroad.

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Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will learn small-scale casting techniques. The casting process allows artists to work more sculpturally, create multiples, and explore the visual aspects of various casting processes. Students will have the opportunity to create work using the lost wax, cuttle-bone, sand casting, and stone casting processes. The history of these casting methods and their application in jewelry, adornment, and as accessories will be covered. In this workshop students will learn how to set up a casting area in their studio as well as materials, tools, safety concerns, and the pros and cons of each process. Open to all levels. Basic skills, such as sawing and soldering, are recommended but not required.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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