Mike Fell, a founding member of the Gallery 1001 Artist’s Coop and art instructor at both Cowley College and Southwestern College, will host a Raku pottery glazing activity at Gallery 1001 on Friday September 12 from 10:00 to 2:00. All ages are invited to participate. . This activity is good for children (with parent supervision) and adults.
The Raku process of ceramic firing dates to the late 1500’s. It is believed to have originated in Japan with relocated Korean potters in the late 1500’s. Raku is a Japanese word that can be translated as enjoyment, happiness, or comfort.
At Fell’s workshop, people who participate will be able to purchase pre-made pots. They will then apply their choice of glazes and have the pots fired Raku style where they are heated quickly, taken from the kiln while still glowing hot and placed in combustible material to cool. This often creates a metallic sheen or interesting crackle effects on the surface of the glazes.
While waiting for pots to fire (about 45 minutes) participants can peruse the gallery, sit and visit, enjoy a favorite beverage or snack, or run a quick errand. It is exciting to be there when the pots come out of the kiln, but not absolutely necessary. Pots can be picked up at a later time if schedules don’t permit waiting through the entire process.
Stop by the classroom at Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, anytime between 10:00 and 2:00 Friday, September 12. The cost of $10 – $15 per pot covers the pot, glazes, and firing.