The Ad Hoc Arts Collective in Shelburne is planning a day-long "Raku on the Waterfront" event on Sunday, August 23 starting at 9:00am and lasting all day.
The group will install a raku ceramics kiln on the waterfront in Shelburne and will commence to fire the kiln several times during the day.
Ceramic artists from throughout Shelburne County will participate, firing one of more pieces in the traditional Japanese ceramic style.
Originally, Raku was reserved for fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air.
The familiar technique of placing the ceramic ware in a container filled with combustible material, was introduced by ceramic artist Paul Soldner, and Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide.
The Raku pieces on Sunday will be immersed in marsh hay, sea weed, eel grass and other combustibles.
The public is encouraged to visit the Waterfront and observe the production. During bthe day, visitors will see:
installation of kiln
artists glazing ceramic pieces
preparation of organic combustibles
propane firing offirling kiln to white-hot level
removal of pieces and immersion in organics
repeat as needed
The event is sponsored by Art Studio 138 on Water Street in Shelburne.
The Ad Hoc Arts event can be viewed on SATV (Shelburne Arts Television, or Harbour Web Cam):
SEE WEB CAM LIVE HERE