Fired Arts & Crafts
Take part in a Wisconsin Fired Arts Retreat Sept. 23-25, 2011
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 10:28

Join artists from around the world September 23-25, 2011, as they embark upon an adventure in the same quaint town of Iola where Fired Arts& Crafts is produced and published. Former FAC publisher and artist Michael Harbridge will teach methods merging clay and glass in Raku firing, colorful horsehair techniques, combining airbrushed patterns and Raku glazes, clay puzzling, extruding and additional methods he has developed and perfected. Each attendee will make a minimum of eight large projects that will be Raku fired in outdoor and indoor electric and gas kilns.

Harbridge has been teaching workshops around the country for over 25 years and this is the first time he has opened his studio so other artists can come work with him. “In most of my workshops on the road we create smaller items because of firing restrictions, but now we can do big objects because we have access to all my large kilns,” says Harbridge. Renovations to the studio are near completion to accommodate this event. “Many artists think they can only fire with gas kilns but I will show them how easy it is to do with an electric kiln indoors or out,” explains Harbridge. “I will also take them beyond basic and traditional Raku firing by introducing glass and other materials to the mix.”

All-inclusive packages cover workshop fees, materials, meals, lodging and transportation from the local airport and to and from event each day. All materials, brushes, tools and supplies are provided. As a bonus, local guest artist Lorrie Wickman will work with attendees to construct a clay face jug on Friday evening. Lorrie will also head up the gas kiln firing on Saturday evening during the picnic, bonfire and festivities.

Iola, Wis., is right in the middle of the state. Only an hour from Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh and Wausau, it is a great little community of less than 2,000 people. Surrounded by many lakes, the surrounding area attracts summer tourists to cottages and activities. Iola is best known for the annual car show where hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts flock. The nearby chain of lakes is a popular vacation destination for people all over the world. Some artists will make this a vacation. Check out many of the offerings here www.waupacachainolakes.com.

If you would like to join the fun and be a part of this exciting opportunity, check out all the details at www.claypuzzling.com. Register online or call (715) 281-2787.