Cuttlefish Casting

Course Description

About this course

The art of casting metal has been around for thousands of years, and in that time some clever individual discovered that a cuttlefish's skull creates an excellent texture when molten metal is poured into it. In this one-day workshop, we will explore this ancient casting technique and utilize it to create wearable pieces of jewelry. Jewelry 1 (or equivalent experience) required.

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 $45 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes cuttlefish bone, bronze and sterling silver casting grain, a Niji wood carving kit, saw blades, and a dust mask. 

Students should bring 
  • Writing implement
  • Sketchbook/notebook



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


September 9, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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