The Museum of International Folk Art announces a lecture and artist’s demonstration of Luted Crucible casting with noted artist and author, Piers Watson. The event is offered in conjunction with the Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asiaexhibition and celebrates its final day on March 19, 2017. 

At the end of Watson’s presentation, paper flowers made by the public as offerings throughout the run of the Sacred Realm exhibition will be burned in the fire pit, concluding the exhibition.
What:   Luted Crucible artist’s demonstration of casting and lecture with Piers Watson
When:  Sunday, March 19, 2017, demonstration at 1pm, lecture at 3 pm
Where: Demonstration will be held on the Milner Plaza in front of the Museum of International Folk Art and the lecture will be in the Museum of International Folk Art, on Museum Hill
Cost:     Demonstration is open to the public, and the lecture is free with museum admission
The Sacred Realm exhibition features amulets, votive offerings, and ritual objects imbued with other-worldly, divine qualities. Whether used in sacred dance, to pray or help individuals show gratitude or ask for specific favors, to interact with ancestors and deities, or to ward off evil and attract positivity, these objects are means to similar ends. As part of the exhibition, audiences are invited to engage in gallery activities such as making amulets and creating offerings, and are invited to attend the lecture and demonstration to learn about the Luted Crucible casting process—an ancient technique for making metal sculptures including dieties that are represented in Sacred Realm.
Luted Crucible casting is a pre-Industrial Age lost wax technique, found in the archeological record at the 10th century, that is still in use in parts of India and West Africa but is almost unknown in Europe and America. Due to its efficiency, low cost and low risk to health, it is considered a natural form of bronze-casting with great potential for small-scale casting, exploration and experimentation.
Guest artist Piers Watson learned the process of Luted Crucible casting as an apprentice of hereditary tribal casters of Bastar from Chhattisgarh, India. In 2015 he self-published, “The Luted Crucible, a Pre-Industrial Method of Metal Casting,” the only book written by a practitioner of the craft and focused entirely on the subject. As an artist, he exhibits his work in Europe and the USA.

The Museum of International Folk Art is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The mission of the Museum of International Folk Art is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations.

The museum’s collections represent a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure. The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice. Over 90,000 national and international visitors visit the Museum International Folk Art every year. Through folk art, the museum encourages all to find a common ground upon which to craft better lives for all.

Museum exhibitions and programs are supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its Director’s Leadership Fund, Exhibitions Development Fund, and Fund for Museum Education, as well as by the International Folk Art Foundation, also established by museum founder Florence Dibell Bartlett.