Organic and Delft Casting

Course Description

About this course

This introduction workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn the basic process of beginner small-scale casting.  Students will begin with using simple household items such as water, straw and even beans to pour molting metal into! The result castings can then be transformed into a ring or pair of earrings.  The second part of the class will focus on delft or sand casting. Delft clay is a reusable molding material that provides quick results and helps to retain intricate details.  Feel free to bring in a variety of small items such as plastic toys, keys and buttons you may want to try to delft cast! Preferably nothing over the 3 inches in size. While the metals studio is equipped with exhaust vents please note that during this workshop we will be using organic materials that smell as a by-product during the casting process. 



Meet the Instructor

Lauren Beaudoin

Lauren Anabela Beaudoin is an artist, metalsmith and founder of Creative Dexterity, which launched in 2007. The name reflects the ways in which her hands play a major role in her creative process, whether holding a pencil, hammer, torch or, ultimately, Lauren’s finished work. In a way, creating and dexterity go “hand in hand.”

After taking her first metalsmithing class as a teen Lauren knew this was a passion she wanted to pursue.  This led her to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in metals in 2004.  

Lauren’s design style is a considered crisp, industrial, simple yet elegant.  Her latest series include the Computer Key Jewelry, which use upcycled computer keys as a quirky commentary to contemporary culture and the Modern and O.C.D. Series which investigate shape, color and kinetic elements.  Her work can be viewed in April's 2009 Macworld Magazine addition and soon to be featured in Retrash, which was released in September of 2014

Beaudoin has been former Metals Department Head at the Worcester Center for Crafts where she continues to instruct adult school courses in the metals program. She currently resides in Western Massachusetts where she is an active studio artist.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $25 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes bronze casting grain and delft clay, as well as other supplies and tools necessary for cuttle fish bone, straw, and delft casting. 

Students should bring 

If you would like to cast in sterling silver it is recommended that you bring in any of your unsoldered scrap sterling silver and/or purchase some casting grain prior to this workshop. If you’d like to pre-purchase sterling silver casting grain you can order this through Rio Grande.  Grain is sold by the ounce and 2-3oz is plenty.  If you plan on bringing sterling silver scrap then ordering an additional 1-2oz of casting grain should be enough.



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Lauren Beaudoin


June 1, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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