Sunday, September 20, 2020

Firing Raku – Artists Visiting Kids

Letter-holder creations.

Letter-holder creations.

Award-winning clay artists Annabelle Johnson and Richard Rosen have volunteered their time to teach an introductory Raku class to a dozen local school children, ranging from second grade to middle school age, through the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ popular program ‘Artists Visiting Kids’.

Annabelle and Richard teach the kids a little of

Richard Rosen prepares for firing.

Richard Rosen prepares for firing.

everything, from the history of pottery-making and Raku to creating clay pieces, glazing options, and the firing process. The purpose of the program is for the children to develop their interest in the art of Raku. The entire class has worked on a large-scale fish project (pun intended), a pot, and a project
Firing raku.

Firing raku.

of building a letter holder to take home.

“Really neat colors come out when you glaze!” exclaims Mariel Sanchez, a student in the class who loves the glazing process. Samantha Baron is happy they get to take their artwork home.

The ‘Artists Visiting Kids’ program is sponsored in part by the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department.

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