|…be cool this Saturday & visit the River Arts District for Second Saturday; where artists open their studios, host openings, events classes and workshops!
We don’t mean to brag, but the artists in the River Arts District are passionate about their work. So passionate they work in extreme heat…
Take the glass blowers; their studios are called hot shops, they work with fire & they like it hot.
At the Asheville Glass Center, the furnace gets up to 2300° Farenheit during production, causing the studio to reach temperatures around 120° . The glass blowers work inches away from an open flame for hours to shape, mold & create their work.
When it is time to fire the kiln, it is time to crank up the heat. Ceramic artist, Joey Sheehan at the Phil Mechanic Building, talked us through the process. The first firing, called the bisque firing is done in his studio. The kiln gets up to 1945° , causing his studio to get up to 110° . He fires the kiln overnight to avoid some of the heat.
Sheehan explains why he is located in the River Arts District, “…to meet people who appreciate my work along with peers working towards the same goal of creation.” Sheehan’s studio has two fans, but we know he has many more…
Be a fan & visit the working artists any day in the River Arts District. The fans are blowing, the water is flowing & the creations are growing. It’s not too hot when your enjoying some cool creations…
Stay cool. Drink water & Love art.
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