Discover Wax Bronze Casting

Assortment of brass figures on a worktable
Egg-shaped bronze sculptures on a worktable

Date: June 18-June 22, 2018
Medium: Metals & Sculpture
Instructor: Jim Killy (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

The ancient process of Lost Wax Bronze Casting will be executed by means of modern methods. We will explore common practices and open some new doors relating to options for solving problems with technique and execution.

This course will focus primarily on the lost-wax process of casting bronze, beginning with the initial wax form through burnout, casting, cleaning, and preparation for patina. Each student will be expected to contact Jim for wax and design approval prior to the workshop, then bring one finished wax for gating and investing on the first day of class. Everyone will execute at least two poured castings during the workshop.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

RETURNING STUDENTS- Please pay special attention to this information as numerous changes have occurred and pertain to all participants.


  • Come to the workshop with a finished wax not to exceed 12" in maximum dimension. If you need microcrystalline sculpture wax contact Jim Killy, 513-461-1489, no later than June 3. You MUST contact Jim Killy to review your idea prior to the workshop.
  • Plan on pouring 2 small bronze castings. If you would like to execute something outside those parameters, you MUST contact the instructor for approval as supplies, materials and bronze are ordered to accommodate the stated guidelines.


  • gloves
  • metal files-small medium-fine
  • small cold chisel
  • small hammer
  • safety glasses

Optional: Dremel tool with metal working bits.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $150-300*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Jim Killy has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and is Professor of Art in Sculpture at Miami University. His work has been included in many regional, national and international exhibits, one and two person shows, and private collections.

New for 2018!

Reduced tuition for graduate workshops

Tuition for our graduate-level CraftSummer workshops is now significantly more affordable than in past years! Both Ohio and Non-Ohio students will pay only $280 per credit hour ($420 for a 1.5 credit hour course).
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