Go For the Bronze!

Several brass eggs arrayed on a worktable
An artist's hand is visible near two bronze fish on a worktable
On left, a bronze head sculpture is attached to tubing and rests on a table. At right, a red hot bronze pour
A student examines his project

Date: June 20-24, 2022 (Summer)
Medium: Metals & Sculpture
Instructor: Jim Killy (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

This course will focus primarily on the lost-wax process of casting bronze, beginning with the initial wax form through burnout, casting, cleaning, and preparation for patina. Each student will be expected to contact Jim for wax and design approval prior to the workshop, then bring one finished wax for gating and investing on the first day of class. Everyone will execute at least two poured castings during the workshop.

At this time, Go For the Bronze has reached the enrollment limit. If you would like to be added to a wait list, please call the CraftSummer office at 513-529-7395.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Please be advised that you will be expected to bring a finished wax Monday morning. That wax will be gated and invested for burn out out Monday afternoon. New attendees will be expected to make contact with the workshop instructor or workshop assistant for information and/or approval of their wax prior to the beginning of the workshop. We have had numerous incidents recently regarding large pieces that have become problematic to handle and/or presented complications relating to burnout time. For that reason, I am imposing a size limitation on the pieces to be burned out and poured in this workshop.

Size limit
Gated wax must fit in a cylinder of combined height and diameter not to exceed 28 inches (Please allow for sprue and gates in measuring.)

Each student may have a limit of two pieces poured during the week if they meet or come near the above stated dimensions.

If you have smaller dimensions you may, with approval, pour three pieces. You may consider pouring a larger piece in two parts but that will count as two pieces.

These restrictions do limit the extent of some of our creative ideas but must be adhered to for the good of all workshop Students, Assistants and the Instructor.

Bring Gloves, Metal files-Small Medium-Fine
Small Cold Chisel
Small Hammer
Safety Glasses
Optional Dremel tool with metal working bits


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.


About the Instructor

Jim Killy has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and is Professor of Art in Sculpture at Miami University. His work has been included in many regional, national and international exhibits, one and two person shows, and private collections.