The Luted Crucible 2017

an exhibition of small bronzes

New Mexico School for the Arts students
Yulissa Almeida
Rosalie Anna Davis
Ruby Diercks
Lily Garcia
Emma Goodman
AmeliaH P. J-Ortega
Henry Joyce
Charlie Kellum
Ligaia Meyer
Spencer Broadus Mobbs
Lex Morris-Wright
Ava I Moser
Antonio Michael Ortega
Simona Rael
Emily Segura Maze
Brooklynn Sullivan-Seebeck

 

and artists

Piers Watson
Brian Fleetwood
Jacob Sisneros
Michael Lujan
Erika Wanenmacher
C. Ruth Neudahl/XOPA

Opening

at

The Baca Street Arts Tour

Friday, December 1st, 5-7pm

926 Baca Street

 

 

 

 

Artist Talk

at

The Center for Contemporary Arts

1050 Old Pecos Trail

Saturday, December 2nd, 1pm

Piers Watson

will speak on the process and history

of traditional bronze casting

from India and Africa

 

Exhibition continues through December 10

weekends only

visit www.axleart.com
for daily hours and location

 

 

This semester, students at the New Mexico School for the Arts have been learning a pre-industrial bronze casting process from visiting artist Piers Watson, and working with artist Brian Fleetwood on 3-d printing technology to be used for bronze casting.  We are pleased to exhibit the small bronze sculptures that have resulted from this work together. In addition we will exhibit several small works using this same technique by other local artists.

 

The Luted Crucible bronze casting process has been used for centuries in India. Originally from Santa Fe, Piers Watson made several trips to the rural community of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India, where he apprenticed with local bronze casters to learn this direct wood-fired casting technique. Since that time, he has been traveling in Europe and the U.S. teaching it to other artists. Last year he traveled to the metal casting neighborhood in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, photographing and talking to the metal casters there, and learning some of their techniques and markets. He also lived with a metal casting family in Kumasi, Ghana as part of a collaborative research project between University of Michigan and the Ghana National Museum, and has learned something about their traditions of metal casting. The term “luted crucible” refers to the connecting or “luting” of two elements (in this case, the mould that contains the wax or 3-d printed object to be cast and the crucible that contains the copper and tin)

 

 

Spencer Broadus Mobbs

Spencer Broadus Mobbs

Simona Rael

Simona Rael

Emily Segura Maze

Emily Segura Maze

Segura Maze detail

Segura Maze detail

Rosalie Anna Davis

Rosalie Anna Davis

Piers Watson detail

Piers Watson detail

Ruby Diercks

Ruby Diercks

Ava I Moser

Ava I Moser

Moser detail

Moser detail

Lily Garcia

Lily Garcia

Charlie Kellum

Charlie Kellum

Emma Goodman

Emma Goodman

Henry Joyce

Henry Joyce

Jacob Sisneros

Jacob Sisneros

Lex Morris-Wright

Lex Morris-Wright

Brooklynn Sullivan-Seebeck

Brooklynn Sullivan-Seebeck

Antonio Michael Ortega

Antonio Michael Ortega

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whom

Brian Fleetwood

Brian Fleetwood

AmeliaH P J-Ortega

AmeliaH P J-Ortega

Ortega detail

Ortega detail

Milkweed Pod People

Milkweed Pod People

C. Ruth Neudahl-XOPA

Erika Wanenmacher

Erika Wanenmacher

Wanenmacher 2.jpg

Wanenmacher 2.jpg

Wanenmacher

Wanenmacher

Michael Lujan

Michael Lujan

Bone #1 and Bone #2 $100 each

a luted crucible heating in the fire

a luted crucible heating in the fire

a luted crucible heating in the fire

breaking the mold

breaking the mold