Focus on Fire: Raku Festival

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Raku fire © Photo courtesy of David Kuraoka
Focus on Fire: Raku Festival

2540 Barrett Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
September 14th, 2010 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

East Bay
(510) 620-6772
Tue-Sat 11-5pm
raffle, potluck, Lecture, demonstration, Raku, ceramic, festival, performance


Raku Mastery: Featuring Steven Allen, Frank Boyden, Bruno Kark, David Kuraoka, Jane McDonald and Paul Soldner is in conjunction with the Richmond Art Center's Raku Festival, Focus on Fire which takes place on Sat, Sep 10, 10am – 3:30 pm.

The festival is sponsored by: Armstrong’s Gallery , Ceramic Services, ClayPeople , East Bay Clay , Leslie’s Ceramic Supply and Mission Clay Products LLC

The Richmond Art Center is proud to present the first annual Raku Festival, Focus on Fire. The all-day event opens with a performance by Tatsumaki Taiko, a group of percussionists from the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the art form of ensemble taiko drumming. The workshop includes firing demonstrations follow with Jane McDonald and Steven Allen, a throwing demonstration by Bruno Kark, and an artist talk with legacy artist David Kuraoka.

Festival attendees can glaze and fire up to two pieces of already bisqued ware or, for a small fee, fire and take home pieces provided by the Richmond Art Center. Attendees can raku or explore wheel-throwing, hand- building and sculptural techniques. A raffle will be held for a raku kiln, raku supplies and artwork; raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day and are $5 each, three for $10 or eight for $20. The proceeds from the raffle support the Richmond Art Center’s new Ceramic Study Center, established to secure the legacy of California ceramics and advance innovation in the ceramic arts.

The festival ends with the opening reception of Raku Mastery, an exhibition in the Richmond Art Center’s West Gallery featuring the ceramic art of Steven Allen, Frank Boyden, Bruno Kark, David Kuraoka, Jane McDonald and Paul Soldner.

Don't miss the Raku Festival and Raku Mastery Exhibition on Saturday September 18th! This is the first of our 75th Anniversary Special Events!

  • 10:00: Hear Tatsumaki Taiko Drumming as it opens the festival
  • 10:30-2:30: Demonstrations by Jane McDonald, Bruno Kark, & Steve Allen - **Bring two pieces of your own work to fire or buy a tea bowl to glaze, fire and take home
    **Play in clay at the wet clay table or on one of our kick wheels
  • 12:30-1:30: Potluck - please bring some food to share
  • 2:30: Lecture by David Kuraoka
  • 3:30: RAKU RAFFLE drawing - Enter to win a Raku Kiln, Raku Supplies and Raku Art
  • 4-6: Artists Reception - See the Raku Mastery Exhibition with works by Paul Soldner, Frank Boyden, David Kuraoka, Jane McDonald, Bruno Kark and Steven Allen

RAKU RAFFLE tickets available for purchase at:

@ The Richmond Art Center
@ ClayPeople
@ Leslies Ceramics

Register online @
Class FA4CW • Sat, Sep 18, 10 am - 3:30 pm
RAC Member $30 • Nonmember $35

Special Thanks to our sponsors:
Armstrong's, Ceramic Services, ClayPeople, East Bay Clay, Leslie Ceramics and Mission Clay Products LLC


Are you interested in Volunteering at the Raku Festival???

We anticipate our Raku Festival to be a very successful and well attended event.

On the day of the event, volunteers are needed to help with the following activities:

* Registration & Membership
* Set-up
* Tear-down
* Wet clay table & wheel
* Glaze table
* Sales: Raffle tickets, T-shirts, & Tea Bowls
* Raku Firing and pulling

A 3 hour commitment includes admission to the festival. T-shirts and raffle tickets are not included.

If interested in volunteering, please contact Steve Allen at: OR 510-621-1245

Thanks for your continued support!!