Copper Bell Casting Demonstration and Lecture with Piers Watson
Piers Watson will be testing a possible method for casting pure copper bells using clay molds and a charcoal-fired furnace, beginning at 9:30 am at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology. Following Piers' demonstration he will present a lecture entitled False Notes, a Striking Resemblance to the Real Thing in which he will demonstrate and discuss his successes and failures trying to reproduce the casting of pure copper bells.
Piers Watson apprenticed in 2008 and again in 2012 with hereditary indigenous metal casters in India to learn the Luted Crucible technique. Since 2013, through partnerships with museums, galleries, universities, and arts centers, Watson has presented workshops, demonstrations and lectures in six countries and in four languages.
The Brown Bag talks will take place at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology in the CNMA library. Seating is limited. Admission is free.
The Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road) is located off of Caja del Rio Road, across from Challenge New Mexico on the way to the Santa Fe Municipal Golf Course. Take 599 to South Meadows Road, continue through the traffic circle west along the Frontage Road to Caja del Rio Road. CNMA is on the left-hand side of the road and is the large building with white sail-like skylights on the roof.