Celebrate Clay Day at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center on June 8 from 10am to 4pm. Clay Day features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults. Clay Day has been a favorite happening at the Folk Art Center for over 20 years. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests to demonstrate throwing on the potter's wheel, hand building, surface design on clay, among other techniques.
One highlight of the day is the annual "Make-and-Take" Raku, a ceramic firing process using fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Attendees can purchase a pot for $10, glaze and watch as the experts fire it.
While at the Folk Art Center, visitors have the opportunity to visit the craft shop, the Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, and three exhibition galleries. Outside the Folk Art Center, there are hiking trails, picnic tables, grassy areas for a picnic and free parking.
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.