You are invited to an exclusive raku firing event! 

October 19, 2019 from 3–7pm

Join or upgrade your IS183 membership to our Contemporary Circle level ($1,000+) and enjoy an exclusive Raku firing event in support of our Ceramics Department!

This event has limited availability — join today and secure your spot! Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 16 with Michele Bastow, Development Director, at 413-298-5252 x105.

About raku

Raku is a traditional Japanese firing method that uses fire, combustible material, glaze, and air to create dazzling effects on clay pieces. In four hours, you will experience all the stages of raku — firing, reduction, and cooling. You’ll take home a finished piece!

We provide the pottery, you make it art!

During the event, everyone will have the opportunity to experience the wet clay process, rounding out a complete tactile, hands-on experience. Please wear close-toed shoes and long sleeves/pants (preferably cotton or cotton/blend).

Event schedule

  • 3:00–3:30pm 
    Welcome
    Studio tour
    Introduction to raku firing

  • 3:30–4:10pm 
    Glaze pieces to fire

  • 4:10–4:35pm 
    Load kiln
    Begin firing

  • 4:35–5:25pm 
    Create pieces for the next pop-up ceramics event
    Check kiln

  • 5:25–7pm 
    Check kiln
    Unload
    Cool & clean fired pieces
    Clean up