Cuttlefish Casting

September 10 - September 11, 2022

Cuttlefish Casting


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $355
Material Fee: $45

Come learn an ancient method for casting sterling silver forms. This process involves making one-time use molds from the internal shell of the cuttlefish, a soft natural material that has been used by jewelers for centuries. Impressions can be made in the cuttlefish bone using a firm model “original” or through subtractive carving. Most often a combination of these two methods is used. Molten metal is poured directly into the cuttlefish molds, making this a rapid method of casting. The cuttlefish bone imparts a natural texture which can be embraced or filed off of finished pieces. This method can be used alone or in conjunction with other jewelry techniques. Participants in this workshop will complete a pair of pendants and experimentation is encouraged. Castings will be limited to a jewelry scale. We will be using sterling silver; and this is a great opportunity to reuse scrap or melt down old jewelry.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



MJ Tyson

MJ Tyson is an artist based in New Jersey whose work is centered on the relationship between people and their possessions. She holds a BFA and MFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design and has been an artist in residence at the Studios at Mass MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, and the Wormfarm Institute. MJ is the winner of the 2020 Art Jewelry Forum Young Artist Award. Recent exhibitions include Inheritance at Sienna Patti Contemporary and 45 Stories in Jewelry at Museum of Arts and Design.

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