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RAKU OUT BAC SUMMER 2016

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LINK THE COMPLETE SUMMER 2016 POTTERY PROGRAM HERE

LINK A PRINTABLE PDF HERE

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RAKU POTTERY BY RAKU CREW MEMBER BROOKS BOUWKAMP

RAKU WALK THROUGH
FACILITATED BY
Buchanan Art Center Raku Crew Volunteers
All ages welcome

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Footwear Required!


SATURDAY , MAY 28 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. to glaze and fire.
WALK IN  <>  NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Pre-made pieces available for firing as priced $10 -  25.
Price includes glaze and firing.

Just walk in buy a piece of pre-fired pottery (handmade and donated by BAC potters) and glaze your piece.
ALL GLAZING MUST BE DONE ONE HOUR BEFORE FIRING
to allow time for drying. The entire process takes approximately 3 hours.

While waiting for your pots to dry, be sure to check out the Buchanan Art Center exhibits and gift shop.

Everyone is welcome to come and just watch the fun!


FIRE DRAGONS OUT BAC
2016 SUMMER Raku Fun
For 7-12 Year Olds
 
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUMMER FOR MORE FIRE DRAGONS!
 
AND SCROLL DOWN TO SEE PHOTO FROM PAST FIRINGS

FIRE DRAGON OUT BAC 2016
 
 
RAKU FIRE DRAGONS • #1 Morning Clan
Debbie Carew, MA and Marie Remington MFA, Instructors.
7-12 years old (limit 10 students)
 
2 Mondays - June 13 and 27
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
AND
1 Saturday
July 9 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:000 noon <>Firing Day
ADULT REQUIRED.

$55 member, $61 nonmember. All materials provided.

On the first day students will study the history of dragons and their meaning in different cultures, then sculpt their own original versions in clay. The second day they will apply glazes to their dragons, write them a biography and prepare them for hibernation until the firing day. On the firing day they will watch their dragons go into the flames in the kiln and magically emerge minutes later in beautiful new colors and breathing smoke. Parents are required to accompany their child to supervise on the firing day and are encouraged to purchase a pre-made piece to glaze and fire.

The dragons will be ready in time for entry in the Berrien County Youth Fair.

Bring your camera and a lawn chair the day of the firing!

 

RAKU FIRE DRAGONS • #2 Afternoon Clan
Description the same as RAKU FIRE DRAGONS #1

Debbie Carew, MA and Marie Remington MFA, Instructors .
7-12 years old (limit 10 students)

2 Mondays - June 13 and 27- 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
AND
1 Saturday
July 9 - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon <> Firing Day!

ADULT REQUIRED.

 

$55 member. $61 nonmember. All materials provided.

Description the same as RAKU FIRE DRAGONS #1 (above)

PAST RAKU FIRE DRAGONS AT THE BAC

PHOTO CREDITS: DEBBIE CAREW

CLICK ON INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

BABY DRAGONS BORN FROM THE FLAMES
AT BAC RAKU FIRING!

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July 27, 2013
was a beautiful day for firing dragons!

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THANK YOU to the Hodge Family and the BAC Raku Crew for making the firing a success!

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Proud Dragon Master holds his new creation.

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Baby dragons chill out in a steamy bath.

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A newborn 2012 Hydra Dragon
gets a bath in its basket.

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Congratulations to Catherine Lietz for her
beautiful, fire breathing dragon ...
and to
Claire Leitz for her hydra dragon!

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The people who make Raku happen OUT BAC .....

THE BUCHANAN ART CENTER RAKU CREW

Marie Remington  *  Daniel Florey  *  Cathy Tapia  *  Jeff Hodge

Marie Hodge  *  Zach Hodge  *  Gabe Hodge  *  Nana Maher

Cheri Martin  *  Vickie Cook  *  Debbie Carew  *  Kathy Slucas

Nathan Reitz  *  Darlene Clevenger  * Susan Sutherland Barnes

Brooks Bouwkamp *  Ben Brown  *  Sue Koenigsberg 

 Chris Baldinger * Alex Baldinger * Peter Fauver * Todd Hoover

 

THANK YOU!

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Gabe Hodge, Cathy Tapia, Nathan Reitz, Jeff Hodge

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Gabe Hodge, Cathy Tapia, Nathan Reitz, Jeff Hodge

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LINK RAKU QUESTIONS & ANSWERS WITH MARIE REMINGTON AND DEBBIE HAIGHT

LINK "THE AMERICANIZED VERSION OF RAKU" by BAC EDUCATION DIRECTOR, MARIE REMINGTON

LINK "RAKU @ BUCHANAN ART CENTER" SUSAN SUTHERLAND BARNES

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RAKU POTTERY BY BROOKS BOUWKAMP
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PHOTO CREDIT: SMSBarnes

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PHOTO CREDIT: SMSBarnes

A Little Pre-Buchanan Art Center History about Our Raku Instructors .....

In the summer of 1971 Nana Maher introduced Raku at Fernwood where she continued to teach it to excited, appreciative adult students until the closing of its' arts and crafts program in 1993.  The wood burning kiln that she and Marie Remington built was of Japanese design built from Chicago common red clay bricks and sheet metal and it worked wonderfully for years.

Marie Remington taught Raku to her Buchanan High School students from 1985 through 2004, during which time they distinquished themselves with award-winning works amazing in size and sophistication.  The students custom built kilns out of anything that would hold heat!  Nana Maher often assisted our Art Club on Saturdays in kiln building, developing glazes and firing techniques.

   

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PHOTO CREDIT: SMSBarnes

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PHOTO CREDIT: SMSBasrnes

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RAKU TRICERATOPS BY NATE REITZ
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PHOTO CREDIT: SMSBarnes

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2007 - THE PRESENT

Brooks Bouwkamp offered our first Raku Class at the center the summer of 2007.

That same summer we offered Raku Fire Dragons for the first time for the children and have done a private firing for them and adults in clay classes every summer since.  Nana Maher has since offered numerous short Raku workshops.

Summer of 2007 we offered our first Walk Through Raku fund raiser open to the public.  We offered it again in the summer of 2008. They were modestly attended events.

Memorial Day weekend of 2009 we offered Raku Walk Through (note slight name change) in conjunction with the first Unsanctioned event.  We have since offered Raku to the public during the annual Unsanctioned,  Nonpareil and White Saturday events.

We currently are offering four firings a year, three of which are open to the public and classes, one of which is open to classes only.

PHOTO CREDITS: SMSBarnes

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