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Ceramics fundraiser at Bay School

A raku firing fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews. The rain date is April 16.

Raku is a ceramic firing process that produces flashy, metallic-looking pottery in a short amount of time, said a press release. Ready-to-glaze pots made by members of the Clay by the Bay Ceramics Guild will be provided to participants. Each ticket holder will select a pot, glaze it with assistance from a volunteer potter, and watch as the pot is fired.

Martha Hayes of Summer Haze Pottery will be firing the pots with the assistance of Johnny Norman and members of the ceramics guild, said the release. Two homemade kilns will be used—one made from a galvanized trash can and the other from a steel barrel. Both are lined with ceramic fiber blanket material.

The kilns are fired by propane, said the release, and will reach a firing temperature of 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit in just 30 to 40 minutes. The pots are pulled from the kiln red hot with lo...

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