The ancient art of pouring molten metal into hand carved cuttlefish bone to cast jewellery or other objects is to be revealed to participants by Fred Peters in a workshop to be held on Kangaroo Island in May.
Fred has been working for more than 20 years as a self-taught artist, primarily as a jeweller, sculptor and glass artist, with some of his art incorporating all three disciplines.
Nobody knows what possessed someone to carve into the chalky bone of a dead fish and then pour molten metal into the cavity created but we do know it is one of the earliest forms of casting with very old artefacts in bronze having been found as far apart as Egypt and the Americas.
"Cuttlefish casting is fun, fast and an exciting way to produce small cast objects," said Fred, from his home studio at Nepean Bay, where he is preparing the benches, collecting and drying sufficient cuttlefish bone and getting ready for his third workshop on the Island since 2001.
Fred is offering a two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday May 18-19 in his relaxed, informal bush home just 15 minutes from Kingscote and says he is looking forward to the weekend.
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Experienced artists and non-artists over 15 years of age are encouraged to register.
Tuition includes a manual so you continue to produce work at home, all supplies, and the promise that Fred will assist you to develop the skills to produce and take home several finished pieces in low melt pewter.
"I love to share what I have learnt over the years and I enjoy learning from the participants too," he said. "As an artist you can get set in your ways, so it is always good to see through a fresh set of eyes".
Places are limited, so contact 8553 0448 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.