Traditional and Contemporary Concepts of Tufa and Cuttlebone Casting
June 9 - 14, 2024
Jonah Hill/Lomayoosi Designs · lomayoosi.com
Workshop at a glance
In this workshop, students will learn the various methods and techniques utilized in the tufa and cuttlebone casting processes practiced by the native peoples of the Southwest, and create a unique piece of wearable art.
- Fine or Sterling Silver
- Silver casting grain or clean scrap
- Casting techniques
- Cultural history
- Basic silversmithing techniques
Love, light, and happiness are the keys to the universe. I try to express these keys in my artwork. Whether I am working with wood, metal, photography, or printmaking, I try to let these elements flow through me and into my work. I use the creative process to capture the physical being of these elements, as they exist in nature. These concepts live in the hint of a smile, in the leaf of a plant, and in the movement of the wind and water.
Jonah Hill is from the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona and currently reside in Flagstaff. To the Hopi, water plays an important part of daily life. As dry farmers, the Hopi rely on annual rain and snowfall to benefit their crops and orchards. Spirituality and ceremony are also a daily part of living, and being connected to place and nature has given Hill inspiration for his work. Jonah Hill has been an artist for over ten years working in wooden carving, printmaking, gourd artwork, metal work and natural building. He is also a former river guide, environmental educator, and ethnobotanist. He has exhibited his work in numerous shows and galleries, including at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Pottery of the Southwest Gallery, in Santa Fe New Mexico.
This workshop will focus on various ways to create a unique piece of jewelry utilizing the tufa and cuttlebone casting methods. Students will learn to select, carve, and prepare the materials (tufa stone — a volcanic material, and cuttlebone — cuttlebone fish cartilage), safely while carving, learn the various ways to melt metal using an oxy/acetylene torch setup and electric kiln, and how to prepare molds and pour metal for successful casting. Students will learn the history of materials used in the Southwest by the Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni peoples since the 1800s. Students will leave this workshop with confidence and enthusiasm to create works in their own studios.
COURSE FEE: $690
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