Raku Clay Artists of Central Oregon (RACO) invite you to their biannual show on November 29-30 the Environmental Center in Bend. All pieces at the show are for sale and special orders may be placed. Admission is free.
Look around you! Clay is very much a part of each of our lives. From the ground we walk on to the vessels we eat with to the tile in our homes and the planters in our gardens, the decorative and functional ceramics’ clay has many faces and purposes.
One of the most intriguing and enchanting types of pottery glazing is the ancient art of raku. The piece is formed and fired once to 1,800 degrees to hold it shape. It is glazed and refired in an outdoor kiln, then quickly removed by the artist and placed in a can of leaves and pine needles. This combustible material ignites, is quickly covered and left to simmer and smolder for a few minutes. It is then removed, plunged into water and the glaze of shimmering, iridescent colors begin to dance before your eyes.
Glorious coppers, magnificent blues and magentas evolve and sparkle as it interacts with the oxygen in the air resulting in a ‘one of a kind’ piece of art.
The biannual show is November 29-30. All pieces at the show are for sale and special orders may be placed. Admission is free.
A portion of the sales is being donated to Sara’s Project, part of the St. Charles Foundation. Sara’s Project promotes women’s health through grants for research, education and breast cancer support services in Central Oregon.
16 NW Kansas Ave. Bend
November 29-30; 10am to 4pm.