Using a 3D printer for fabrication has become increasingly popular and allows artists and makers to create complex and intricate shapes that would be difficult to create by hand. We’re about to wrap on our latest eight-week session of Digital Fabrication and Foundry. During class, students learned to build 3D models and print multiple test pieces before committing to their final design, which they cast into metal in our Foundry last week. Wondering how they do it? Get inspired by this 5-step how-to!
Making perfectly identical ceramics by hand can be a challenge. But with a plaster mold, ceramicists can make endless duplicates of their work. Slip casting is often used for production pottery or replicating highly detailed pieces, but that doesn't mean it's not for the novice potter or sculptor. Slip casting is a great way to get more familiar with the properties of clay and build on existing ceramic experience.
Last Thursday, Forging Excalibur premiered on Discovery Channel, where Adam Savage and Bladesmithing instructor Jeff Pringle forge King Arthur's sword Excalibur from a meteorite in The Crucible's smithy!
The possibilities of what you can create with wax, fire, and molten metal are endless. Casting jewelry and sculptures from wax makes it easy to capture fine details in your piece, the process is cost and time effective, and it gives you the ability to make multiples of the same piece.
Every year, volunteers in our Foundry Department donate their time to make the donor plaques. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, we met up with Irina to see how she makes the plaques, from pouring each individual letter in wax to casting the whole plaque in bronze.
In order to make a ring from a sheet of silver, you have to learn to solder a butt joint. Watch Jewelry Department co-head Rikki Smeltzer demonstrates how to do it properly!
What does The Crucible have that most other art schools in America do not? There are countless things that come to mind, but one that stands out is Grisaille Enameling - a unique continuing level class that teaches painting with enamels and is not often taught in America.
How do you like your coffee? How about in a ceramic mug and pour over set that you hand-built yourself? In this step-by-step, you will learn how to make your own! Sign up for Ceramics I, offered evenings throughout the year, to make your mornings a little more special.
Natallia Pulko is known among The Crucible community for her quick and precise tooling skills, so we asked her to showcase her expertise in this video.
Fascinated by molten glass, hot metal, and the occasional burst of flames? The art of Enameling combines all of this in one class. It is the ancient art of fusing molten glass to metal, is easy to learn, and you’ll see quick results. Open up your creative practices to a world of color!