Cuttlefish Casting


Barbara Mann


Saturday - Sunday
February 4-5, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST


2 Day Workshop

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Course Description

This workshop will give participants the skills and inspiration to cast jewelry or a small-scale object in sterling silver. Using the ancient technique of cuttlebone casting, students will learn to make molds into which molten metal will be poured. Within minutes after casting, the molds are opened and the metal objects are ready for finishing. Students will learn how to use a jeweler's saw, hand files, abrasive paper and how to patina metal and use a rotary tumbler for polishing. 

The cuttlefish is a squid-like creature whose skeleton can be found on the beach.  It is soft enough to carve and has a beautiful wood grain-like pattern which yields a rich texture on the surface of the cast metal. There are several ways to prepare the molds from the cuttlebone, including direct carving, making a mold cavity by pressure (pushing something hard into the soft surface of the mold) or by creating a negative space in a sheet of mat board which is placed between the two halves of the mold.  This may sound complicated, but it is not. The process is fun and students should be able to create one to two pieces during each day of the workshop.

During the workshop we will talk about other methods of casting, alloying metal, when to cast and when to fabricate a metal project.


QUESTIONS?  Please contact Artist Assistant (TBA)

IMPORTANT: Please read the entire supply list document and note deadlines for requesting supplies from the instructor.

Course Schedule

February 4, 2023
February 5, 2023

Barbara Mann

Barbara Mann

My art work is focused on the origins of life on earth, evolution and the carbon cycle. As a jeweler and metalsmith, I am fascinated with materials and processes. I am inspired by new scientific discoveries and technologies that are changing what we know and how we view life on earth.​

Barbara Mann has 50 years of experience as a metal and jewelry artist. She graduated from the University of Georgia with BFA and MFA degrees. She has taught for many years as an instructor and lecturer at UGA in the department of art, with the UGA Studies Abroad program in Cortona, Italy and Costa Rica and has conducted many workshops throughout the southeast.​

She has an extensive exhibition record and is in several museum collections, exhibition catalogs, contemporary jewelry and metal work books and art magazines. As a studio artist she has created artwork for a wide range of clients such as universities, state governments, airlines, the Olympics, banks, civic organizations, and private collectors.

Most recently she has been awarded Georgia Sea Grant, in conjunction with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) an Artists, Writers and Scholars program grant to create and exhibit a body of work about the marine carbon cycle.