For nearly a decade and a half, Clay Day has been an annual tradition for potter Larry Spears. Held at Spears Gallery on the first Saturday in August, this one day mini-workshop continues to offer the public an opportunity to-do raku. “One of the translations of raku is ‘happiness through chance,’” says Spears. “I like that translation because it defines the surprise aspect of it (raku).” 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.
Mr. Spears, (along with fellow potters), 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 will 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 will be offered for $20.00, with larger pieces available for $40.00. (The cost includes the bisque ware, glazes, and firing) Reservations are not necessary and all supplies will be furnished. Throwing demonstrations will also be ongoing throughout the day.
This years’ event is Saturday, August 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The annual Clay Day is hosted by Spears Gallery, (5110 St. Rd. 135 South, Nashville) located in scenic southern Brown County, Indiana; just 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 e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.spearspottery.com.