Where there's smoke, there's ... pottery?


Shady Lawn Antiques & Art Gallery promises an explosive First Friday ArtWalk show tonight.

The business at 711 N. Rose St. will host Bill Piper and his traveling “Pottery Pyrotechnical Phyring Road Show.”

Piper, the guest artist at Shady Lawn, will work from a portable kiln set up in the parking lot. The work is billed as a combination of art and theater. While the kiln is heating up Piper will demonstrate some throwing techniques on his pottery wheel.

The Raku technique involves firing the pieces until they become orange/red-hot and the glaze melts, the announcement from Shady Lawn owner Dave Emigh explained. The hot pieces are removed from the kiln and are then placed into a garbage can of combustible materials such as wood chips, pine needles and newspaper, creating smoke. The materials will be quenched with water to make steam.

The first batch of pottery takes about 45 minutes, but the next batches are quicker — about 20 minutes from the time the pottery is placed into the combustible material until it’s ready for purchase.

Guests can enjoy the fire, smoke and steam with meat, cheeses and fruit from Klicker’s, and wine from Trio Vintners. A new local painting from Leslie Klicker, “Scenic Loop,” will also be featured. First Friday ArtWalk participants generally operate until 8 p.m. For more details about what’s happening at Shady Lawn, call 529-2123.


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