RAKU CERAMICS 2023
A fundraiser with an outdoor raku ceramic firing, dinner, live music and entertainment.
Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!
Rich and Beck Owens
The George Family
Eric and Karen Stark
October 14, 2023 . 3 - 9 PM
Bring the family and friends out to the Springfield Art Association campus (700 N. 4th Street. Springfield. 62702) for this unique fundraiser.
This is a ceramic raku event. You will glaze a pot and fire it in an outdoor kiln, and it is ready to take home that night. Come sit by the fire, enjoy dinner or drinks, paint pumpkins, listen to live music from the Al Kitchen Band, and watch a fire breathing performance by Blaze Badu! You may attend any time between 3-9 PM. Dinner will be served between 4-7 PM. Dinner is provided by Hickory River Smokehouse and a vegan option by Chef Denise Perry.
Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged.
Pre-registration ends at 5 PM on October 13.
$45 Admission + Pot
$25 Admission Only
$20 Child Ticket (12 and under)
Add-on Option to Add Another Pot $15.
Members receive 10% off their total price.
All ticket prices go up by $5 on the day of event (other than additional pot).
Please do not enter child information during registration. Click 'Register Later' box. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.
SAA Members--After hitting register, don't forget to sign in to receive your member discount!
Register your Pot Number Here on the Day of the Event
WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT THE EVENT?
Before the event, artists, students, and volunteers create over 400 ceramic pots in our Prairie Earth & Fire Studio. You'll choose one of those pots and then glaze it with colors of your choice! Next, the pot is taken to outdoor Raku kiln, which is where the pot comes to life. Raku is not only a technique to quickly set the glaze and introduce unique crackling and metallic sheens, but it offers a show of fire, smoke and glowing red HOT POTS.
The entertainment includes a live music, fire breather, Make Truck art project, and pumpkin painting. As the evening progresses and the sky darkens, the stars come out, the kiln fires glow and aflame into the heavens, and the smells of smoke and BBQ fills the air!
WHAT IS RAKU?
The Raku technique is essentially when glazed ceramics are taken from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and are then placed in a material that would be able to catch fire, such as sawdust or newspaper. This technique is used to starve the piece of oxygen, which creates a myriad of colors including metallic finishes within the glaze.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
While the pots are being fired in the outdoor kilns, enjoy a delicious BBQ pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, green beans provided by Hickory River Smokehouse or vegan dinner provided by Chef Denise Perry. We will have Pumpkin Pie available for dessert.
Cash Bar will provide a variety of drinks.
This is a fundraiser designed to generate operational income for art education, interpretation at Edwards Place historic home, art outreach and programming. It allows us to keep our classes and programs at a low-cost to the community and helps us offer free art outreach events and programs where we service community groups and organizations each year.