Clay Day VIII August 14
at Spears Gallery
Potters Larry Spears, Robert Pulley, Tom Unzicker, and Jeff Unzicker are collaborating on their eighth annual Clay Day. Clay Day VIII 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 the Unzicker’s 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 glazed pieces in 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 cost $7, with larger pieces available for $35. Reservations are not necessary and all supplies will be furnished.
Throwing demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day, and an interactive hand building display will be available to participate in.
Always held on the second Saturday in August, this year’s event is Saturday, August 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clay Day VIII is hosted by Spears Gallery located in Brown County, Indiana, (5110 State Road 135 South, Nashville) 7 miles off of Indiana State Road 46, on Indiana State Road 135 South, just beyond the Horseman’s Camp entrance to Brown County State Park and on your way to Story.
For additional information call (812) 988-1287 or visit <www.spearspottery.com>.