Introduction to Sand Casting

June 23 - June 27, 2023

Introduction to Sand Casting


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $135

Sand casting is a fast and convenient way to replicate simple shapes in metal. In this workshop we will establish basic skills through a series of standardized exercises, then each participant will design and make their own pendant or other jewelry component in brass or silver. Early guided exercises will familiarize you with the basics of molding and casting. Subsequent demonstrations will cover basic wax carving, soldering to cast forms, and pertinent finishing techniques. Sand casting naturally produces a gritty, textured, surface. Utilizing this texture for design purposes, and other design considerations, will be discussed. There will be ample time to practice skills learned, while working on individual projects. You can expect to leave with at least two samples, and at least one finished pendant or jewelry component. Experience with any 3D craft technique, and general comfort working around fire is helpful, but experience specifically with metal smithing or jewelry is not required.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

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



Cat Bates

Cat Bates is a jewelry designer who specializes in sand casting and decorative sailor knotting. He began learning sailor knotting as a young child, summering on an island off the Maine Coast, and has been practicing metalsmithing since adolescence, earning his BFA at Maine College of Art in 2009.  Cat’s designs exemplify durability, ease of wear, and understated beauty. By working almost exclusively in multiples, utilizing industrial manufacturing services, and celebrating tool marks as elements of design, he strikes a rare balance between artistry & economic accessibility. Cat is represented by boutiques across the United States & is collected internationally. He has taught numerous workshops at Penland School of Crafts, and is excited to be teaching at Peters Valley for the first time!

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