Captivating Cuttlefish Casting
2 Wednesdays: May 16th & 23rd, 6-9pm
Create a metal object or piece of jewelry using this ancient casting technique. Students carve into the soft calcified cuttlefish bone to reveal its subtle texture. The results are immediate as molten metal is poured. The metal surface holds the soft ridges and curved surface of the interior shell. Learn to register a two-part, or perhaps a three-part, mold to make a ring, pendant or shape, which can stand alone or be incorporated into another jewelry design. It’s simple and so much fun. You’ll be amazed!
Note: Cuttlefish is a fragile and brittle material, so care is needed to prevent breakage. The make-up of cuttlefish is calcium, therefore dusts and smells are associated with this process. The instructor will guide students through all safety requirements, but please be aware that there are smells as a by-product of this type of casting.
Class is geared toward the advanced beginner who has basic jewelry skills and experience operating a torch. If you have carving (dental tools work well) & cutting tools (x-acto knives) please bring them to class.
2 Cuttlefish molds are included in the class fee. Bronze casting grain and/or sterling silver casting grain, are extra.
Cancellations with less than a 48 hour notice will not be credited or refunded.
Biography: Linda Seebauer Hansen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts form the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in 1994, and Master of Fine Arts degree in metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1997. After completing her graduate degree she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Wisconsin State Arts Board and became a member of MetalPeople Studio in Madison, WI. She was a visiting instructor at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and Madison, and Milwaukee Area Technical College. In 2004, she accepted a position as Art Metals Department Head at the Worcester Center for Crafts, MA, and received the Barrett Morgan Award for exemplary leadership and teaching. In 2007, she moved to Minnesota to pursue directing a comprehensive education program for a Minneapolis based non-profit arts organization. In 2014, she was the recipient of a scholarship to attend the Women’s Art Institute (WAI) at St. Catherine’s University, and in 2015 she was invited back as a Teaching Assistant. Also in 2015, she completed a Winter Residency and was selected for a Summer Studio Assistantship at the Penland School of Crafts, NC.
Currently, Linda is renting studio space and teaching classes at Quench Jewelry Arts in NE Minneapolis, plus exhibiting is a variety of local and regional shows. In addition to her metal work, Linda is pursuing oil painting with cold wax medium and combining this new medium with sculpture.