Tomé Art Gallery gets ‘All Fired Up’ for demo day, show

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Once again the potters of Tomé Art Gallery are hosting a day of hands-on “playing in the mud” demo day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.

This fun day of clay-making and unique firings will kick off the annual “All Fired Up” pottery show at the gallery, which runs from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 20. The gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Submitted photo: Youngsters watch closely as a pot is thrown on a wheel at last year’s Tomé Art Gallery Demo Day. The gallery is once again hosting a day of hands-on fun in the mud, kicking off it’s annual pottery show.

The pottery show will feature the work of more than 20 clay artists. The diversity of ceramic work at the gallery includes functional stoneware, porcelain, crystalline, raku, clay beads and sculptural pieces.

The highlight of this year’s show will be the exciting day of hands-on demonstrations on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.

Joan Prokopiak will once again have a fantastic raku firing from 10 a.m. to noon. Pots will be available for the public to glaze and fire in the raku tradition.

Nancy Deas will have pots available for an exciting horsehair firing at 2 p.m.

The Tomé potters will be available all day to demonstrate different hand building and wheel throwing techniques, such as traditional polishing, constructing clay critters, building ollas and throwing on the potters wheel.

Wear your old clothes and get your hands dirty as you try out the different techniques. It’s a great way to experience the magic of the earth and fire, and forget the wind for a while.

The day will wind down at 3:30 p.m., with blind-folded throwing contest.

For those interested in the gallery’s annual spring tea party, which in the past has been hosted by the “mad potters” of Tomé Gallery, gallery members are happy to announce that due to its popularity, they have decided to make it a stand-alone event.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, dress in your finest bonnet and join the madness for high tea in the lovely garden of the gallery’s neighbors, Del Chavez and Richard Howard.


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