Mexican Bells and Buttons: (Small scale sand casting for the jeweler and artist)
June 23-26, 2016
Workshop Description: 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 and student projects will be done using original antique buttons and models of pre-hispanic style mexican bells. In addtion to re-creating already existing objects through direct impressions, we will create some unique molds of our 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.
Bio:Originally from the U.S, Jesse relocated to Mexico in 2006. With fifteen years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Jesse’s prefered work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects. Over the past nine years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis, to students of all skill levels, at his private studio in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. He also teaches at annual workshops around Mexico as well as in other countries. Each year Jesse exhibits his work both nationally and internationally, some recent venues include: The Palace of Iturbide, Mexico City; The amber Fair Legnica, Poland; The museum of Mining, Pachuca, Mexico; Alchemy 925, Massachusetts; Velvet da Vinci gallery, San Francisco. “When I am not teaching or working on new pieces, I love to be outside. I tend to my cactus collection and bee hives, or spend time exploring the Mexican countryside and hike in the mountains.”