Clay Day VII at
Spears Gallery August 9
Potters Larry Spears, Robert Pulley, and Jeff Unzicker are collaborating on their seventh annual Clay Day. Clay Day VII offers the public an opportunity to participate in the glazing of raku bisque ware, and a chance to observe the firing process of this ancient method of creating pottery.
The raku glazes and firing process can create an exciting range of color, a variety of surface interest, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.
Spears, Pulley, and Unzicker will offer several sizes and shapes of thrown and bisque-fired raku ware, to be glazed and decorated by anyone with an artistic desire to do so. Following glazing each piece, the potters place the pieces into raku kilns, with a firing time ranging from 20 to 30 minutes. The pottery is then removed from the kiln, while still glowing red, and placed in a container filled with various combustible materials. The material instantly ignites and the potters proceed with the “reduction” aspect of the firing process by covering the containers and cutting off the oxygen supply to the piece. The piece is then submersed in a water bath to cool, and lastly cleaned.
The small bisque ware pieces will cost $7 and the larger pieces will be available for $35. Reservations are not necessary and all supplies will be furnished. Throwing demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day.
Always held on the second Saturday in August, the date for this year’s event is Saturday, August 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clay Day VII is hosted by Spears Gallery located in southern Brown County at 5110 State Road 135 South, just 7 miles from State Road 46.
For additional information call (812) 988-1287 or visit <www.spearspottery.com>.