Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents Raku-Fest
Saturday & Sunday, June 29–30, 10 AM–5 PM
Join us for raku-fest! This public event showcases the art of raku, a ceramic firing process in which red-hot ceramic pieces come out of a special kiln and go directly into a container of combustible materials. The heat of the ceramic causes the material to ignite and the resulting smoke creates one-of-a-kind results in the ceramic glaze. It’s amazing to watch! For the more adventurous, there will be opportunities to participate. Beginners will be able to purchase pre-made pieces to glaze and have fired the day of the event, and Art Center students will be able to fire their own work made with raku clay. Raku-fest is open to the public and will be led by Art Center instructors Peter Syak and Lisette Bedoya.
Option One: Watching
Want to see for yourself? Everyone is welcome to watch the action as multiple raku firings take place throughout the day. Watching, and learning is FREE!
Option Two: Glazing
Excited to try it, but a total beginner? No problem! Purchase a pre-made piece, apply glaze just like you would paint, and our artists will fire your work. It takes 2 hours from glazing to amazing (you may leave and return later to pick up your work). No reservations required.
- Jewelry Piece: $10
- Small Plate: $20
- Small Pot: $25
- Medium Pot: $40
Option Three: Student Special
Have your own ceramic work already made that you want to raku fire? Instructors will fire them during the event for $20 each. No reservations required. Note: to ensure proper firing, pieces must be made with raku clay purchased from the Art Center.