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Southern Higland Craft Guild Celebrates Clay Day!

ASHEVILLE, NC – Celebrate Clay Day at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center on June 4 from 10am to 4pm. This free event features craft demonstrations and hands on activities for children and adults.

Clay Day has been a favorite happening at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center for over 20 years. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building and surface design on clay, among other techniques.

A highlight of the day is the Make and Take Raku Firing. Buy a $10 pot, glaze it and watch as expert potters, Gary Clontz and Steven Forbes-deSoule raku fire it for you. Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.

Jan Morris and Sandra Rowland will host a children’s table where kids will be invited to play with clay and make something to take home.

Other Clay Day participants include:  Haywood Community College Professional Craft Dept students, Steve and Becky Lloyd (wheel throwing),  Ann Gleason (hand building with clay), Tamela Wells (polymer clay), and Cindy Billingsley (clay sculpture).  Glass artists have also been invited to participate in Clay Day.  Jeff McKinley will be demonstrate flame-worked glass and Marc Tickle will be making kaleidescopes.

Clay for demonstrations has been generously donated by Highwater Clays of Asheville, NC.

While at the Folk Art Center, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Allanstand Craft Shop, the Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, as well as three exhibition galleries. Outside the Folk Art Center, there are hiking trails, picnic tables, grassy areas for a picnic and plenty of free parking.

For more information, call 828-298-7928.

Clay Day 2011 Participants

Haywood Community College – Professional Craft Department
Gary Clontz (raku firing)
Steve and Becky Lloyd (wheel throwing)
Steven Forbes-deSoule (raku firing)
Sandra Rowland (children’s activities)
Jan Morris (children’s activities)
Ann Gleason (hand building with clay)
Tamela Wells (polymer clay)
Cindy Billingsley (clay sculpture)
Jeff McKinley (flame-worked glass)
Marc Tickle (kaleidoscopes)
Rose Mueller (clay roses)
Marcia Bugg (wheel throwing)
Rodney Leftwich (folk pottery)
Leah Leitson (wheel throwing)
Harriet Smith (polymer clay)
Lynn Jenkins (raku pottery)
Mike Lalone (wheel throwing)
Holden McCurry (clay sculpture)
Maud Boleman (wheel throwing)
Mary Mikkelsen and Henry Pope (hand building and surface design)

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