Gift Guide: Super Luxe Coffee Table Book for the Gallery-Goer on Your List


As the holiday (and gift guide selection!) season approaches,  put a book on your radar that would make for the perfect gift for any gallery-goer, art history major, or luxury lover on your shopping list:

 CAST: Art & Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process

[Schiffer Publishing, $80 USD].

A gorgeously produced, 450-plus page, full-color large format hardcover by jewelry artist and metalsmith Jen Townsend and sculptor, curator, and academic Renée Zettle-SterlingCAST features exquisite photos of 800 contemporary and historic works from artists as diverse as Ai Weiwei to Titus to Rodin.

CAST is a must-have for artists, craftspeople, historians, designers, and anyone interested in the objects that populate our world.


About the Authors:

Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling are metalsmiths, authors, and teachers with an insatiable passion for casting of all varieties. 

TOWNSEND has been making jewelry since she was 13 years old. She earned an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she studied under Richard Mawdsley.

For fifteen years, she has run a successful jewelry studio, focusing on bespoke pieces for clients. She has taught throughout the United States, including Millersville University, the metal studio at Dartmouth College, the Penland School of Crafts, and the Mendocino Art Center, among others.

In addition, Jen’s work can be seen in Metalsmith MagazineShowcase: 500 Art Necklaces, and in Art Jewelry Today 2.

Her work has been shown at The Orkney Museum in Scotland, Shanghai Design Week, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum in London.

ZETTLE-STERLING always knew she wanted to be an artist. She was introduced to casting in high school at the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts and Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Summer Art Program.

She studied fibers and papermaking at Indiana University, where she cast using paper pulp, but her real passion for casting was ignited in graduate school.

She earned an MFA in sculpture/installation and an MA and jewelry/metalsmithing at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

In her studio practice, she casts and fabricates in a wide range of materials.

She has exhibited and curated both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Tokyo, New York, and Art Prize in her local community of Grand Rapids.

In service to her field, Renée served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

She is also a tenured professor at Grand Valley State University where she has taught for seventeen years.

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CAST is available at independent bookstoresBarnes and NobleAmazon and at Schiffer Publishing.



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