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Friday, April 6, 2018

Rockin Raku and Wine Party - Clay Arts Vegas



On Saturday, February 24th, members of the Las Vegas Crafters Guild got together  at Clay Arts Vegas at 1511 S. Main Street for a Raku glazing and firing party. 

Lynn Meetz put together the gathering for us.  It was a private party for Guild members and invited guests.  The cost was $18.00 per person.

 
We made our selection of vases and bowls that were already pre-fired.  At the glazing table, Peter explained the different glazes provided sample clay chips of what the finished piece would resemble but with raku thereare lots of variations with the finished piece.    Instructions were given on glazing and the firing process. 



Here's a link to  Merriam-Webster's definition of raku: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raku


After glazing our pieces, into the kiln they went.  While they were being fired, we enjoyed wine, sandwiches, Chinese chicken salad, cookies, cheese and crackers. 




Tim did a demonstration on throwing clay on the potter's wheel.


We also worked on making animals using air dried clay with Brandy.
A bit more challenging than just glazing a pot.  The results were from pretty ugly to pretty amazing. 


It was so exciting when the pots came out of the kiln.   They were covered with a mixture of sawdust and paper. 






 
 
Once they cooled off and were washed, it was time for the  big reveal. We did not know what to expect but the results were lovely.


What a great experience!  Several of us are thinking of doing it again.  They have a raku party every month, the second Saturday.  

Here's the link to the shop:
http://clayartsvegas.com/


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