Ned Krouse has been doing raku for 30+ years and calls himself a contemporary American raku artist. He produces one-of-a-kind decorative and sculptural ceramics. Raku originated in 16th century Japan as part of the tea ceremony. Today’s potters enjoy the exciting hands-on raku process that produces unpredictable and unique results that come with the use of copper glazes and the post firing reduction. Firings will be going on throughout both days. Observe the raku process and talk with artists while they glaze and fire their work. After the kiln is loaded the firing takes about a half hour to reach 2000 degrees. Watch the pieces being removed from the intense heat of the kiln and rapidly cooled in a smoky atmosphere of burning straw. Finished work will be on display.