Casting and Wax Working

Course Description

About this course

Lost wax casting techniques have been used by jewelers for thousands of years to create volumetric metal forms through wax working. In this class students will learn how to carve and shape wax, cast the wax, and then clean up and finish the metal castings. Students can expect to walk away with several pieces of cast jewelry or small-scale metal objects.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $55 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes bronze casting grain, sterling silver casting grain, various waxes, "Mizzy" wheels, investment, and various miscellaneous studio supplies necessary for this class.

Students should bring 
  • Sketchbook/notebook
  • Writing utensil



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


January 8 -March 11, 2020

Weekly on Wednesday


6:00 PM -9:00 PM


9 weeks

Basic and above

No Class Dates

February 19

Make-up dates 
March 18
March 25
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